Strategic Planning Articles

When strategic plans fail

As a consultant with expertise in strategic planning, I get called to help clients for one of two reasons. They’re either trying to develop their first strategic plan or tired of having them fail. For either scenario, the reasons a strategic plan, or to be more specific, a strategic objective, fails are the same.

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Nobody knows anything

Nobody knows which ideas will succeed until one does. Success stories are often written off as bad ideas that won’t work by the experts before they’ve been tried or tested. How do you answer the question “How will COVID affect my business?” Read this post and find out!

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The client who fired me

Sometimes the cost of not planning is negligible. Sometimes it’s expensive. The ease and speed with which a lack of planning can become fatal is almost impossible to grasp or prepare for. When it happens, game over.

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How to avoid business suicide–part 4a

There are big business tactics small businesses will never be able to use. That’s not true for one of the most powerful. Small businesses tend to let themselves be overwhelmed by the urgent, failing to anticipate, plan, and prepare for the inevitable changes they will face if they survive and succeed.

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Experienced Board Gives You A Leg Up

The two things that set any business apart from another similar business are staff and input from advisers. A board makes your organization accountable to an external group of knowledgeable businesspeople and will drive you to make better business decisions.

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There’s No ‘Usual’ In Business Today

In our current economy, our customers are buying differently. They are also generally responding to marketing in entirely new ways. Evaluate your business model and processes to take these fundamental changes into account.

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Make Your Technology Work For You

Reviewing your business operations includes looking at your I.T. Establish what is actually working for you and stop wasting time with what is not. There are often inexpensive options that can see you profit the most from your technology.

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Planning, Preparation Matter Now More Than Ever

A business plan is important throughout the life of your business – not just at the start – and one of the crucial things you should identify in that plan is why your existing customers should and do buy from you.

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