Planning for and Measuring Success Resources and Tools

Planning for…Measuring…driving toward success.  Sounds simple, doesn’t it?  The following tools and resources approach each part separately, with the Four Disciplines bringing it all together.

Planning refers to the process of deciding what to do and how to do it.  Planning occurs at many levels, from day to day decisions made by individuals and families to complex decisions that are within local councils and throughout the BSA system.

Measuring refers to the tracking of progress and success, to include recognizing milestones and outcomes.

The Action Planning Process within the Employee Engagement Survey is found here.


A vision without a plan is just a dream. A plan without a vision is just drudgery. But a vision with a plan can change the world. — Proverb

One of the most common sets of activities in management is planning. Very simply put, planning is setting the direction for something — some system — and then working to ensure the system follows that direction. Systems have inputs, processes, outputs and outcomes. To explain, inputs to the system include resources such as raw materials, money, technologies and people. These inputs go through a process where they’re aligned, moved along and carefully coordinated, ultimately to achieve the goals set for the system. Outputs are tangible results produced by processes in the system, such as products or services for consumers. Another kind of result is outcomes, or benefits for consumers, e.g., jobs for workers, enhanced quality of life for customers, etc. Systems can be the entire organization, or its departments, groups, processes, etc.. Read entire article

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Four Disciplines of Execution Summary

Franklin Covey

Grab Hold of Performance
The 4 Disciplines exist for one reason: to execute on a plan in the midst of the whirlwind of distractions. Most people are so busy just maintaining the business—just keeping their heads above water—most of the time they can’t even hear you, let alone execute on your most important priorities. The 4 Disciplines focuses your team’s energy on a winnable game in the midst of distraction.