Chapter 2. An Overview of the One Hour Plan

It does not take much strength to do things, but it requires a great deal of strength to decide what to do.

Elbert Hubbard, Philosopher and Writer

The best way to predict your future is to create it.

Stephen R. Covey, Author


A single sheet of paper is enough to describe your organization's Vision, Mission, Values, Objectives, and Strategies, plus help focus an individual's Priorities.


As you read this book, write these six elements of your plan on the following page. See Table 2.1.

Table 2.1. Blank Template—The One Hour Plan for Growth

Blank Template—The One Hour Plan for Growth

Table 2.2. Example Template—Jack Stack Barbecue

Example Template—Jack Stack Barbecue

The Problems with Planning

Effective Planning strengthens people, productivity, and profitability. So, why do so few companies take the time to plan?

There are five problems with planning:

  1. Most plans are too long.

  2. Most planning takes too much time.

  3. Too few people are engaged in planning—it's an event.

  4. Many plans end up sitting on a shelf.

  5. Many plans have little impact on organizational performance.

There is a better way:

  • Develop a plan that fits on a single sheet of paper.

  • Invest hours, not days or weeks, in the planning process.

  • Engage your team in the planning process.

  • Use your plan to keep on track.

  • Set, achieve, and celebrate progress ...

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