Exception without a plan
Whenever a good plan is put in place, there is always built in somewhere an exception to the plan. This is because life is full of unforeseen circumstances, and it doesn’t matter how great the plan is, things could still go wrong.
Sometimes we see people working an exception and it looks like they have pulled off a lucky feat without all the hassles of preparing for the situation. It appears like they just winged it and came out unscathed with excellent results. For this reason some have the philosophy of relying on the exception to produce results every single time.
Just like you cannot effectively plan without an exception, you cannot effectively execute an exception without a plan. They go together like day and night.
Whichever philosophy you choose to live by, you will be more effective in execution when you understand that you need both sides of the plan-exception cycle to be successful.