Stage 10: Implementation of actions
During the previous five stages of the journey to farming success, i.e. long-term goals (Stage 5), main strategies (Stage 6), short-term objectives and actions (Stage 7), functional tactics (Stage 8 ) and systems redesign (Stage 9), the management team did all the planning, evaluated resources and expected the outcomes to be ready for this stage to implement the actions efficiently and successfully.
Who is responsible for what?
The specific actions, when they have to be carried out and what the standards are to be implemented, have already been specified and formulated in Stage 7, and in Stage 8 the practicability and expected outcomes were outlined and evaluated. The rate and the ease of implementation of the actions will be determined by the practical nature of the rules, regulations, procedures and policy, as well as the level of delegation. This is also the process where strategic plans are converted into operational plans or actions, which is a process for which managers are responsible.
Operational plans have to be tangible and form an active part of the farming business. Implementation is a team effort and the workforce must be informed in detail about the “new” plan for the farming business. Clear communication is therefore of utmost importance to make a success of the implementation process of the envisaged plan.