Given many improvement initiatives are usually in play at any one time, it’s critical to understand how they all work together. Knowing that it’s bad form and largely ineffective to attempt to implement these all at once, the effective leader uses logic and judgment to lay out a multi-quarter improvement plan—a roadmap—with clear priorities, while also protecting the bandwidth of the implementation team. Subsequent initiatives are authorized when they are ready, but not before.
We will get new tires, then we will repaint the car, then we will get a new driver, and finally, we will install the turbocharger so we can race off-road.
Construct the Roadmap
Often, roadmaps cover a range of opportunities to include improvements in operational systems, development of people, culture, leadership, and new capabilities to enable growth. As the plan becomes clearer over time, activities become more relevant to stakeholders at all levels.
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