One of the biggest frustrations in strategic planning is that great plans often fall short of expectations because of poor implementation. In Simplified Strategic Planning, we use several tools to improve the implementation rate of strategic objectives, one of which is the action plan. This Fall, I've taken another look at the issues companies have to deal with in implementation of action plans, and found there are four main reasons why action plans aren't completed on time:
1. Implementation is more difficult that planned
2. Resources are less than planned (especially time, and seldom money)
3. Objective is no longer appropriate
4. Priorities have changed
Which of these issues to you encounter in your strategic planning implementation?