How can strategic planning help an organization?

strategic planning Jan 14, 2019

Strategic planning is a fundamental organizational tool used to aide in implementation and direction. It is a process of defining objectives, identifying quantifiable goals, and developing strategies to achieve those objectives - it's about focus and action. Strategic planning is used to communicate within the organization the defined goals, the actions needed to achieve those goals and other critical elements developed during the planning phase while providing a sense of ownership for the team. Essentially, a strategic plan is a road map for the organization and instrumental in its growth. 

Knowing what to do is just as important as knowing what not to do. It's is increasingly difficult to accomplish anything without a plan or direction. Aimlessly wondering from Point A to Point B creates frustration and unclear paths. It is like being lost, making wrong turns and traveling in many different directions in hopes to eventually get to Point B without clearly knowing where Point B...

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Block Scheduling: Why Should You Use It

business growth Nov 30, 2018

Block Scheduling is a method of filling your calendar not just with appointments and meetings, but with time slots to work on particular tasks and projects. The idea is that you set your weekly task list ahead of time and then actually put it on the calendar to make sure that each task gets the priority time that it needs. If you are someone who is easily or often distracted by emails, or unscheduled phone calls, then block scheduling can really help you to stay on task as you work through your day.

Here’s How to Get Started

You can do block scheduling on whatever calendar system you already use, however, if you have employees it is important that they have access to view and in some cases edit this calendar. Make sure that you give time for employees, clients, and prospects to schedule time with you first. If you block your entire calendar for tasks and don’t leave time for questions from employees, meetings with prospects, or help for your clients, you may not be able...

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Accountability: Why It's So Important for Business Owners

business growth Nov 23, 2018

Everyone has a boss, someone telling them what to prioritize, what the deadlines are, and where to make adjustments in their work. Everyone that is, except small business owners. Sure large corporations are answerable to their stockholders, the board of directors, etc. But a small business owner or new entrepreneur is answerable only to themselves. This wouldn’t be a problem if we were all exceptionally self-motivated 100% of the time. But we are all humans and we all get into a rut from time to time and need some outside help to stay on track. This help comes in the form of Accountability. You can find accountability in your small business in a number of different places. From hiring a professional business coach to another small business owner you meet with regularly, to a networking group. Any place that forces you to periodically follow up on your business plan and progress will help you stay on track.

Here is why we think it is so important to have accountability in your...

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Get Organized in Your Small Business

business growth Nov 16, 2018

We all know that business owner who is constantly shuffling for the right paper, searching for that one particular sticky note, or scrolling through their phone for that text message from months ago. In fact, maybe this is you. No one really likes being disorganized, and we all know it wastes time searching for things, but when your office (or car, or house, or life…) is a mess it can be difficult to know where to begin to get things in order. We have assembled a list of baby steps to get you started down the path to a more organized and efficient work environment. It's time to get organized.

Baby Step 1: Get a Notebook

If you like to have handwritten notes (like I do) it can be easy to just jot things down on whatever is closest. But a week from now (or a month or a year) when you need that information it’s time-consuming to track down that specific piece of scrap paper that you wrote your notes on. More often than not, it’s lost or thrown away and you have to...

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Cutting Expenses Can Improve Profitability

business growth Nov 09, 2018

It’s often our first reaction as business owners when money is getting tight to make an effort to ramp up sales, but cutting expenses is just as important. At first glance, it may seem that we “need” everything we are currently paying for and can’t save any significant amount of money. A closer look and a brutally honest assessment usually reveal a different story. Here is your challenge, cut your current expenses by 10%, this week. Sound crazy? Well if you are struggling financially like so many other small businesses then crazy might be just what you need.

Cutting Expenses by Cutting Subscriptions

The first area to look at when trying to cut expenses are subscriptions. Just like in your personal life when you sign up for a new gym, go for a few months and then get busy or distracted, there are probably more than a couple of old subscriptions that you can lose in your business expenses, or at least find a cheaper option for. Now we are not suggesting that...

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Hiring: Be Ready With These 5 Steps

business growth Nov 02, 2018

Growing your business is great, but sometimes growing pains come along with that expansion. If you think you may be hiring new employees in the next 6 months to a year, there are a few things you can do now to prepare.  Make your the growth of your team smoother and easier with these five steps.

Profiles

Create detailed profiles for each position in your company, including any future positions you hope to create BEFORE you need to hire. It’s important to know exactly what you're looking for, well before you go out and actually look for it. This is true in both grocery shopping and hiring. First, detail each existing position in your company, including your own. This will allow you to take a close look at workloads and determine if they are balanced. Next detail the new positions you would like to create, now and over the next several years. List responsibilities, tasks, education requirements or certifications, and any other pertinent skills that a candidate will need....

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Budgeting: 4 Reasons Why It's Important for Your Business

budgeting business growth Oct 26, 2018

For some of us “Budget” is a dirty word. Budgeting has a stigma as being something that successful people don’t need to do, and so we trick ourselves into thinking that if we want to appear successful, we shouldn’t have a budget we stick to. But there are many reasons why having a budget for your business will actually make you successful. Here we will explore just four of those reasons.

A well-structured budget tells you what you CAN spend

Most of us think on budgets in very restrictive and limiting terms, but on the flip side we can see that a budget actually tells us what we CAN spend on each item. For example, how many times have you found yourself in need of a new piece of equipment, but you are unable to make the purchase because you have already spent too much money that quarter or month, and your account balance is too low. Having a budget and sticking to it helps ensure that you will have the funds available when you need to invest in new equipment,...

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Small Business Owners: Work ON Your Business, Not IN It

business growth Oct 19, 2018

For small business owners and entrepreneurs who are down in the trenches running the day to day operations of their business (like most of us), the idea of working ON your business rather than IN it every day sounds like a far-off dream. And for many who haven’t expanded beyond the one-man shop, it just isn’t possible yet to quit those day to day tasks of actually making the product, serving the customers, etc. But there are some key things you can do, and baby steps you can take right now, start spending more time on the systems and processing that will help you grow your business.

Start Working ON Your Business

The key to making changes is often to take small incremental steps or baby steps. If you jump off the deep and start allocating 50% of your time to developing your business, your client relationships are bound to suffer. But on the other hand, if you dedicate 3 hours, one day per week to start, you should be able to pick up the slack from wasted time, long...

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Optimism: 3 Reasons Why It's So Important

business growth Oct 12, 2018

If you are familiar with this blog then you know that we focus a lot on developing a growth mindset in order to reach your goals. One key component to developing a growth mindset is optimism. Not the happy-go-lucky kind of Disney World optimism that ignores all obstacles and challenges and skips along the rose path toward whatever lies ahead. Rather, the kind of optimism that see challenges and obstacles, but believes that they can and will be overcome, and then creates a path to success over, around or through them. There are three main reasons why optimism is important to a growth mindset:

Optimism Attracts Success

You have heard that you attract what is like you. So consider what you will attract if you exude pessimism. Pessimism says “I can’t” “It’s too difficult” “It’s impossible”. Pessimism attracts other pessimists, more challenges, and ultimately failure. Optimism, on the other hand, says “I can” “I...

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5 – Fourth Quarter Tasks to Finish the Year on a High Note

business growth Oct 05, 2018

As the hustle of the Holiday Season closes in on us, it may seem like it’s time just to sit back and coast through to the end of the year. Instead, we want to help you make these last weeks some of the most productive of the year. Between time off with family and the annual company Christmas party here are some year-end action items you can do to squeeze out that last bit of productivity.

  1. Dust off the business plan you created in January- If you are like many business owners, you created a plan at the beginning of the year, but over time it got shuffled to the side as you dealt with new issues and emerging priorities throughout the year. Take a look back at your original plan to see what you accomplished and if there is still enough time to wrap up a few more items before the new year starts.

 

  1. Get a jump on your 12-Month plan for next year- The best time to plan for next year is right now! If you have your plan in place in December, then you can hit the ground running...
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