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Plan with deliberate speed

In many situations, speed is required in planning and implementation to achieve success. Contingency planning can facilitate crisis action planning, rapid execution, and replanning. To facilitate rapid planning and implementation, planning processes must be formalized and well understood. Also, to facilitate rapid response and execution some slack resources must be maintained. In general, the speed or pace of planning and execution must be deliberate and measured. Planning is usually ineffective when it is conducted hurriedly and at a frenetic pace. Frenzy means the planning process and analyses are not controlled by logic and reason, but rather the process is controlled by anger, rage or other violent emotion.

A number of proverbs are associated with this tip. In American and English literature the advice is "Haste makes waste" and "Patience is a virtue". The Chinese advise "Think three times before you act". The African Sesotho culture relates "The 'hurry-hurry' person eats goat, the one who takes his or her time eats beef." The Russian saying is "Take thy thoughts to bed with thee, for the morning is wiser." The Danish proverb is "The best advice is found on the pillow."

"A good plan executed today is better than a perfect plan executed at some indefinite point in the future." - General George Patton Jr

"Though we have heard of stupid haste in war, cleverness has never been seen associated with long delays." -Sun Tzu, the Art of War


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