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Be prepared to improvise

Planning is the starting activity for finding a path to accomplishing goals. To reach success it is often necessary to improvise actions around the initial plan.

Improvise means taking action without detailed preparation; adapting to circumstances; extemporizing; performing with little or no preparation.

Change happens and we cannot forecast in detail what will happen and so we often need to improvise. Having a general strategy and improvising around the theme or thrust of the plan is often the only way to implement a strategy in a turbulent environment. Sometimes unexpected events arise and sometimes mistakes occur. Managers must improvise in these situations. A good manager needs to be adaptable and both anticipate change and react appropriately when events weren't anticipated to pursue goals and plans.

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