5. Have a Department Plan

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5. Have a Department Plan

An idea is doomed to failure without a plan behind it. After meeting with stakeholders, draft three- and six-month plans. Set targets, replete with starting and ending points (and the steps in between). Hold yourself accountable by evaluating progress weekly and making adjustments as circumstances evolve. At minimum, your job is to get your team members on the same page and level, and foster an environment where they can excel. Without a plan and a dedication to executing it, they will inevitably drift, gradually losing sight of their potential and value.