“Setting a goal is not the main thing. It is deciding how you will go about achieving it and staying with that plan.” ― Tom Landry, Hall of Fame football coach
You may have developed a business plan previously. A great intellectual exercise full of optimism and excitement for the future. But where are you now?
Too many times I have worked with businesses who tell me about, and show me, the business plan they drew up two years ago. The one they pulled from their bottom drawer, or the top shelf, thick with dust and never visited since their consultant helper handed it over.
It is a scenario that plays out all-too-often. And the reasons for that are precisely the reasons that I provide the tools I do:
- A consultant was paid to pull the plan together. So you don’t feel total ownership for it
- It had a standard, cookie-cutter, format that is not relevant to your needs.
- It was big on planning and small on execution.
- It was big on ambition and light on resources – capacity and capabilities.
Your business is the biggest project you have ever had.
That is my approach to guiding clients.
I have many years experience of planning and delivering huge projects for massive clients; making big businesses bigger.
Those experiences and disciplines are directly relevant to early-stage businesses and their growth plans.
In helping clients develop their plans there is always an eye on execution. By matching objectives with resources, capabilities and capacity you will see that those grand plans CAN be achieved, and what will be required to make it happen.
There are many formats of business plan – from simple to-do lists to full-blown pitch decks.
You can choose the most appropriate for your needs. One that will help you to execute and achieve your business objectives:
- Maybe to acquire funding for your business, or
- To feel that you are in control of day-to-day operations, or
- To brief partners and team members on the direction and speed your business is travelling
The steps are simply broken down to:
- Set your objectives
- Make plans
- Get your resources in place
At the Execution level my toolset will allow you to:
- Set milestones and activities
- Allocate responsibilities
- Monitor and update them on a rolling 90-day plan.
Your own accountability-buddy to keep you on track.
If you break it down into manageable pieces, with mini-decisions along the way, you’ll be surprised how much progress you’ll make!