#Immediacy on speech making

The course takes place in week 2, so he cannot start his ...

The course takes place in week 2, so he cannot start his work in branch 1 until week 3. Similarly, the clearance sale cannot start until the stock-taking is complete and, since this will take two weeks, the clearance sale cannot start until week 4. Without some form of written list it is only too easy to forget something only to be painfully reminded when things go wrong. The action Chart can include work to be done by your solicitor and other specialists and take account of man-days lost to holidays or other known absences. You may find that there is so much to be done that it is helpful to put only major headings on the action chart and to prepare additional check-lists of small items which will be 'activated' at the appropriate times.

Such check-lists can be handed out to any employees involved in the scheme, thus giving them a clear idea of what you want them to do.

It is as well to build in some 'contingency time' to allow for things going wrong, such as someone going sick or a delivery not being made. Something always goes wrong at some time or another, so allowance should be made for it a form of safety factor.

The more time and thought given to the preparation stage, the more smoothly things will go. Like a military operation, every detail should be checked, everyone informed of what they need to know, and also what they will find interesting. The people around you will be motivated by knowing what is going on and what you are doing, and can act more intelligently when a situation arises which requires initiative. Having prepared your plan and briefed the people, the next stage of preparation is to bring everything in the present business as up to date as possible.

You will need all the time you can get during the implementation stage, so it is worth burning some midnight oil to clear any outstanding correspondence, check that stocks are adequate, orders placed, instructions given, and so on. Ideally, you will have trained someone to keep things going for you while your attention is diverted elsewhere.

Implementation and control Using your action chart you can now set in motion the first stages of the plan and, by referring to the action chart/check-list, keep an eye on whether or not things are being done on time. 'If something does not take place as and when it should, the action chart will enable you to see what effect the failure will have and give you a guide as to the remedial action necessary. For example, if a key action, such as exchanging contracts on a building, is delayed, then a number of other things must be rescheduled. If this is done in a controlled way the damage is lessened or avoided.

Continue to keep people informed, especially of any changes to the timetable, ...

Continue to keep people informed, especially of any changes to the timetable, so that they can make the necessary adjustments and possibly give you ideas... read more

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The list does not end there, and you will need to learn how to handle these new challenges. This will mean reading websites on

I had also spent too much time dealing with routine paperwork which ...

I had also spent too much time dealing with routine paperwork which could have been done by a clerk and was out of touch with events on the shop floor. Because I had

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