How to Develop a Continuous Improvement Plan

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In improving oneself or a business brand, you must analyze who you are, where you want to be in the future, assess your progress, and evaluate the end result. This is a continuous improvement plan. Along the way, key players must be in place to assist with every step of the process.

Ask yourself,
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Establish a vision to determine where you see yourself in the future. This is considered beginning with the end in mind. It is very crucial that self-assessment begin with a vision. This can be accomplished through setting short- and long-term goals. At this point a business may decide what to contribute to society that would be most profitable. An individual should ask “What would I love to do if money weren’t a factor?” These questions help entities to establish their focal point.

Develop a strategy.
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After setting goals, it is critical to determine where you currently stand. This can be accomplished by analyzing the strengths, weaknesses and history of an entity. At this point, the brand must be analyzed or established if nonexistent. This will allow the product or service to have appeal or become marketable.

Develop a planning team.
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Figure out how the business will arrive at success by developing a skillful team to assist planning, provide wise counsel, and carrying out a plan of action. Methods are often the determining factor for success. This is considered the mission. In fact, after developing a mission statement, the business can refer to the statement periodically to determine if they are on course.

Did we make it?
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Before carrying out the plan, decide how you will know that the goal is reached. Determine which forms of data should be used to evaluate where the business stands in achieving the goals. This is critical because when the goals have been met, the continuous improvement process should begin again to prevent the business from following a course that was not carefully planned beforehand. The business should continue to collect data and measure outcomes.

Pat yourself on the back.
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It is very important to reward the key players involved in the process. Motivation provides participants with the incentive to keep striving for success.

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About the Author

Jean O'Hara has been writing/editing educational articles since 2006. She brings expertise in business and relationships, as well as more than 10 years of experience as an accountant, teacher and math specialist. O'Hara holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration, a Master of Education in instructional leadership from the University of Illinois, and an Illinois teaching certificate with an endorsement in mathematics.

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