â€œThe beginning is the most important part of the work.â€
~ Plato (BC 427-BC 347)
You wouldn’t build a house without a blueprint. Why would you build your business without a written plan?
Properly conceived and carried out, planning can enhance any organization’s effectiveness. The paradox of planning is that the very act of preparing a plan will help you and your team pinpoint significant opportunities for increased effectiveness and profitability – even though the chances are good you won’t implement the plan you developed. From the most basic considerations like new accounting services, to the big picture of expansion and growth, whatever you need to plan for can be done during a short, intensive planning session.
Let’s face it. The thought of strategic planning can seem daunting, time-consuming, and even overwhelming. However, breaking it down into manageable chunks can make the process seem a little easier. Consider the three phases of planning:
5 Questions to Ask Before You Start
To get started, here are five key questions to ask and answer. These are the first five of 12 essential questions to ask yourself as a business leader before you even begin the planning process. Consult my book Lead the Way for more on pre-planning and planning guidelines-Chapter 5, â€œGetting Ready to Plan.â€
Build your business on the strong foundation of a written plan.
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