Thursday, October 1, 2015

Leadership Quote of the Week - Dwight Eisenhower



In Preparing For Battle I Have Always Found That Plans Are Useless, But Planning Is Indispensable
- Dwight Eisenhower

Since we are discussing the Eisenhower Decision Matrix, it's appropriate to share one of his most famous quotes. The irony here is that in the blog post earlier I am telling you that you need to spend more time in Quadrant 2 (Planning), yet now I am posting a quote that says the plan is useless, what gives? 

Well what gives is that the action of planning is where the real pay-dirt is. To paraphrase another military general (Field Marshal Helmuth Karl Bernhard Graf von Moltke): "No Plan Survives First Contact." This statement is true, because no matter how well planned, situations change and things will not always go according to plan. As such, a leader needs to understand that plans cannot be final. While planning, (s)he should consider contingencies and "what if" scenarios during planning. Having these contingencies ready when the plan changes will make the team successful, and why planning is indispensable. 

When working in project management we call it Risk Mitigation. A significant portion of planning is the detailing of Risk into a matrix which shows the impacts of an event happening, and then details out how the risks will be addressed if the event occurs. I may share the techniques in a future blog post, as it's important to know how to do this during planning of complex projects which could have serious and (sometimes) dramatic consequences if something goes wrong. 

As a note, what you are seeing here is a picture I took from the back of a M113 in Kuwait as soldiers of the 4th Infantry Division are about to be briefed on the plan to cross into Iraq and convoy to Baqu'bah in 2003. 

30 comments:

  1. This is really inspirational; we have found several quotes are available in the market; through which we are able to boost our leadership quality and skills. Mostly people are suffering a lot in their life due to lack of proper resources and options; as a result they are unable to boost their leadership skills and style. I would like to follow some important quotes from here in order to boost my leadership skills.
    Leadership coaching Florida

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Amazing & Great informative blog,it gives very useful practical information to developer like me. Besides that Wisen has established as Best Java Online Training India . or learn thru Online Training mode Hibernate Online Training . Nowadays Hibernate ORM has tons of job opportunities on various vertical industry. or learn thru JavaScript Online Training India. Nowadays even JavaScript has tons of job opportunities on various vertical industry.

      Delete
    2. or learn thru JavaScript Online Training India. Nowadays JavaScript has tons of job opportunities on various vertical industry.

      Delete
  2. Thanks for sharing this webpage.Leadership training is useful to develop our interpersonal skills, administration and administration ideas taking into account the freshest exploration data and thoughts, etc.
    Regards,
    Leadership Training | Leadership Training in Chennai | Leadership skills Training

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Bay, thank you for commenting. One of the things that business seems to have difficulty finding are people with leadership skills. Hopefully others will grow from the sharing.

      Delete
  3. Great information. Thank you for Sharing.(ERP) Enterprise Resource Planning Software Solutions in Chennai.
    ERP Software Company Chennai | ERP Software Development Chennai

    ReplyDelete
  4. thank you for such a great article with us. hope it will be much useful for us. please keep on updating..
    Web designing course in chennai

    ReplyDelete
  5. I would like to say thank you for the amazing details and concepts you are sharing in this.
    Webseiten Gestaltung Lüdenscheid

    ReplyDelete
  6. I found a lot of interesting information here. A really good post
    office 2010 professional plus key deutsch

    ReplyDelete
  7. Thanks For Your valuable posting, it was very informative
    Internet Marketing Dienstleistungen

    ReplyDelete
  8. Great informative blog on leadership. I am a big follower of your blog. Update interesting and inspirational posts. Thanks for posting.
    Final Year Project Center in Chennai | IEEE Project Center in Chennai | Diploma Project Center in Chennai

    ReplyDelete
  9. The website is looking bit flashy and it catches the visitors eyes. A design is pretty simple .
    online marketing lüdenscheid

    ReplyDelete
  10. Good Post! Thank you so much for sharing this pretty post, it was so good to read and useful to improve my knowledge as updated one, keep blogging…
    Java Training in Chennai | Web Designing Training Institute in Chennai | DotNet Training Institute in Chennai

    ReplyDelete
  11. Nice post. I have been reading a lot of stuff on this topic in the last few months, but this article stands out with its simplicity & authenticity. Every passage made profound sense. Thanks a lot for this.
    ME/M.Tech Project Center in Chennai | ME/M.Tech Project Center in Velachery

    ReplyDelete
  12. Thanks For Your valuable posting, it was very informative
    Schulungsangebote

    ReplyDelete
  13. I believe there are many more pleasurable opportunities ahead for individuals that looked at your site.
    aws training in Chennai

    ReplyDelete
  14. Thanks For Your valuable posting, it was very informative
    Schulungsangebote

    ReplyDelete
  15. Thank you for this valuable information. I have got some important suggestions from it.
    OCJP Exam Center in Chennai | OCJP Exam Center in Velachery

    ReplyDelete
  16. Those guidelines additionally worked to become a good way to
    recognize that other people online have the identical fervor like mine
    to grasp great deal more around this condition.


    white label website builder

    ReplyDelete
  17. Nice Post! It is really interesting to read from the beginning & I would like to share your blog to my circles, keep your blog as updated.

    aws training in chennai

    selenium training in chennai

    python training in chennai

    ReplyDelete
  18. Those guidelines additionally worked to become a good way to
    recognize that other people online have the identical fervor like mine
    to grasp great deal more around this condition.

    hadoop training in chennai

    angularjs training in chennai

    devops training in chennai

    digital marketing training in chennai

    ReplyDelete
  19. Thanks for making me this article. You have done a great job by sharing this content in here. Keep writing article like this.

    J2EE Training in Chennai
    JEE Training in Chennai

    ReplyDelete