He who fails to plan is planning to fail" ..… Winston Churchill
Now is the time of year where Focus Planning should be at the forefront of your business conversation.
Regardless of the size of your business, small, medium or large, without a clearly defined plan and set of goals, you’ll wander aimlessly throughout the next year with no clear roadmap for where you’re heading. It’s not too late to begin your companies Focus-Strategic Plan.
It’s hard to accomplish anything without a plan. Whether you’re coaching a rugby team, going on holiday, or running a business, you need a Focus Plan.
Focus Planning allows your business the ability to better anticipate and prepare for change. You’ll lose valuable momentum and lead time being reactive rather than proactive. Customer expectations, competition, marketing benchmarks, and economic changes can rock the boat and send you spinning out of control if you don’t have strategies in place.
Taking the time to develop a written Focus Plan can help your business work through and organise all the pieces that should come together for your business to be a success. Focus Planning looks at all the things your business could do and narrows it down to the things it is actually good at doing.
I have worked with business owners who believe that they can keep track of everything without writing them down. However, when we reflect on the previous year invariably they have forgotten many of the objectives they had originally wanted to achieve. A written Focus Plan provides clarity and direction and ensures all relevant factors are considered and that nothing of importance slips through the cracks.
Your plan will define the expected objectives that clearly state what your business must achieve to address the priority issues and the actions you will need to take to achieve your objectives will ensure nothing is left to chance.
To ensure the Focus Plan performs as designed, regular quarterly reviews of the process and to refine will ensure that you are on-track and heading in the right direction.
A Focus Plan can help you take your business to places you never thought possible. Take the time to think about your future direction and to write down your Focus-Strategies. Set your objectives and develop the actions that will help keep your business on track and you focused on the future.