For any business to be successful, the CEO’s and business executives must or should start with a strategic plan. I recently attended a speech put on by Toni Newman by our Local CAPS chapter meeting (she is our National President) and I received a couple of reminders at her “Survival of the Fittest” talk where she reminded us that we need to be original and be sure to have solid, good signature keynote speech.
Your Strategic Planning
First of all it reminded me to really take a look at what I am doing. The strategic plan for my business hasn’t been touched for a while. Even if I am to perform as a great local Winnipeg Management Consultant, strategic plans should be my bread and butter and even if I choose to avoid gluten, I should eat my own bread. Most of my consulting has been done after I’d experienced a plane ride or two, or the phone, but my own personal strategic planning must be done, and refreshed at least every year. I was focused more on the products and services that I offered.
I have spent a good time in my business consulting with large companies, and helping them to create IT Strategic Plans, or at least focus on IT Strategic Plan objectives when they focus on their IT Strategic Plans. I recently looked at my own and saw far too much clutter. The easiest way to make progress in your own IT Strategic Plan is to add this house keeping task to your work or environment. Sometimes it is easier to clear this away before putting a focus on your business, and more often this is the case.
What’s next? Decide if you will focus on the long-term strategic planning or the short-term strategic planning. I strongly believe that one will become a much stronger executive if they can have this business focus. Long term strategic planning is typically 3-5 years out, and recently when I gave a keynote speech to a group of nearly three hundred business owners, my focus was on the BHAG or big hairy audacious goal. I wanted to give my audience something to hang onto, such as Jim Collins hedgehog concept. They wanted a leadership speaker and specifically goal setting was their wish.
With these entrepreneurs, I focused on at least a ten year horizon. Both in long term strategic plans as well as short term plans, breaking up the action plan into “chunks” or “tasks” and an action plan is best. I did this by giving them list building activities that were quite simplified, and not too much to swallow.
The strategic plan focus on WHAT will be done, and the action plan will be comprised of a break down on the what, as well as a who, when and maybe even the where. When a leader creates their big vision, and follows in a good strategic planning process, the how can always and should come later.
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Career coaching has been part of my business for many years, and so when I was introduced to Talentoday, I was intrigued.
How to choose a career is a question many people ask, either when they are in school, or when they are in transition, looking for some direction more in line with their personality and motivation. Doing what you love during the day, adds empowerment to a person, and adds enrichment to your life.
Coaching certification has been important to me in the past, and Talentoday’s integration with Social Media added some intrigue. I took the assessment, and having participated in many types of personality and strength tests in the past, I thought it was very cool. A pleasant and non-stressful questionnaire type assessment that takes approximately ten minutes, was far less threatening for people than I’d seen in the past.
How To Choose A Career
The free assessment report that gives some eye-opening feedback instantly added intrigue. Later, the person who invited me to see the assessment offered the extensive coaching session and assessment report and it gave me some eye-opening information that I’d never heard before.
If you’ve got ten minutes,and you’ve asked yourself how to choose a career, check it out If you’d like the more extensive report with some eye opening information like I found for my business or your career, connect with me with your information, and you’ll get access to the detailed assessment.
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Strategic Planning is the process that most companies, entrepreneurs and career professionals use to plot their route to success. There are many common processes to do this, but in a nut shell, it all boils down to a few common steps:
1) Assess the past (current state)
2) Rank the outcome and focus on the opportunities, threats, strengths and weaknesses (S.W.O.T.)
3) Assess the data
4) Chart the course (future state)
5) Create an action plan
6) Create measurable checkpoints
7) Start, and regularly measure, assess and adjust.
Strategic Planning For Success
Sound too easy? Often companies are overwhelmed or are too close to their own situations to objectively perform such activities and so they hire a management consultant with strengths in strategic planning. Inside an IT organization, this may occur in annual IT Strategic Planning exercises, or be drawn out as action steps in alignment with the Corporate Strategy.
Small businesses may gather a few of their key staff and gather in a remote area to focus on what needs to be done. Solopreneurs may dedicate a day to assessing their past year and plot for their future, or revisit their original business plan and adjust.
Whatever you are doing this fall in your Q4 planning, I hope that you can take a step back, be objective and assess from a 10,000 foot view before you get down to the details.
All the best,
— P.S. If you need help, I’m close by.
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I’ve been remiss in adding regular posts on this my flagship site, and I hope today I can make up for lost ground.
Have you already started making your 2013 wish list for your company? A business strategic plan that you can start to get excited about?
You’ll need to dig out the strategic markers you tracked in 2012, and if you didn’t do that, you’ll want to determine which key numbers you’ll watch in 2013. Is it the number of hours you spent prospecting? The number of posts and tweets you made? The increase in “friends” or “connections on linked in?”
Head Start For Your 2013 Business Strategic Plan
Likely none of these were on your list. Pull out your goals that you wrote down (assuming you were one of the low number of people who did this), and see how close you are. In listening to the 2013 Success audio CD I get with my monthly subscription, Brian Tracy suggested that you get a brand new notebook and write out 10 goals daily. Just simply make a list of the 10 goals you wish to reach next year. Writing them over and over again will embed them in your subconscious and keep them top of mind.
Before you start your strategic planning in your business – review what you meant to do, actually accomplished, lessons learned and gather your data points. Spend some time creating your vision for 2013 – really hone in on your key wants, and then before nailing down your strategic plan with the hows and who’s, make your list of goals and brain storm (I like Mind Maps) on the 5 people who can best help you do this – partners, staff, coaches, consultants, trainers, 5 resources you need to gather, and the FIRST 5 steps you would need to take.
It’s amazing how by setting out your first steps before you sit down on January 2nd, how different you will feel on December 18th of 2013 than you would if you don’t do this. Best regards for a safe holiday and a prosperous 2013!
Sharon C Evans
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What’s new with you? Is your business growing?
How about your team? Are they advancing?
I’ve spent so many years working in the Enterprise Architecture space, and while I love doing that, I’ve been called on so many times lately to help people transform their business.
Now, I don’t profess to be a manufacturing expert, nor do I state I’m some financial wizard, but I have helped many people with ideas to grow their businesses.
My background is in information technology but I received a double major and the other subject was Economics. Along the way, I had a taste of entrepreneurship and had to learn marketing.
Business Transformation For Firefli
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Just wanted to wish my visitors a Happy 2012! I’ve got several BHAG’s in store for 2012, and hope you have planned some big goals too. If not, why not check out my blog post at my author site and set how you can get that done in an hour.
Group Coaching, as well as three new EA courses are on the slate for 2012, and I’ll be publishing news about them more frequently. I’ve also purchased and am in the process of implementing a new automated system for keeping in better contact with those who are interested in my news, products and services. I can hardly wait until that is all in place!
Productivity Coaching Association
The Productivity Coaching Association (IAPC) is now technically defunct, as Dave Crenshaw has decided to pursue other initiatives. I’ve spoken to other coaches that were part of the association, and all of us are still offering our services, just in a slightly different package. More news to follow.
I’ve got a second book published now, as a co-author with Lisa Nichols, entitled “Unbreakable Spirit“. I am now a Best Selling Author 🙂 and the book launch event will be held in Winnipeg January 18th. You might want to visit my fan page for more details. Would love to see you there!
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