Posts Tagged ‘business planning’

When Planning is a Roadblock

We’ve all had the experience of planning something in detail, only to see it all go wrong. Don’t let this stop you in your tracks. This idea of things not going as planned is well expressed in the saying, “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry”, which is an adaption of a line from the Robert Burns’ poem To a Mouse. The sentiment of course is that we simply cannot know how things will turn out, not matter how carefully we may plan. That of course is no reason not to plan. But, when I said don’t let this stop you in your tracks I was referring to a different aspect of progress. Read the rest of this entry »

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Confidential Information

How we designate information as confidential and maintain this confidentiality is often overlooked. Yet confidential information needs two things: accessibility to those who need it and protection from those who don’t.

What Needs to Be Confidential?

I suggest that we work backwards in this process. That is, start with Read the rest of this entry »

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Time to Rest

How often in business do we think about a time to rest? Probably not often, yet that does not mean it isn’t important.

Why a Blog Post on Rest?

Over the past few weeks we have looked at a series of topics in the postings Time to Think, Time to Plan, Time to Act and Time to Reflect. If you look at the titles of these, and even more so if you have read them, you will notice that Read the rest of this entry »

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Time to Reflect

When you have been involved in implementing a project do you take time to reflect and evaluate how well things are going?

Some Summary

In three postings preceding this called Time to Think, Time to Plan and Time to Act we looked at the logical process of implementing a project, business plan, etc. Now let’s assume you have done the first two of these and are into the taking action portion.

Feedback

After the initial actions of implementing something Read the rest of this entry »

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Time to Act

My recent postings, Time to Think and Time to Plan were focused on preliminary steps before jumping into action. After taking time to think and time to plan, it is time to act. All the thinking and planning in the world is useless without action.

Nothing happens until something moves.” – Albert Einstein Read the rest of this entry »

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Time to Plan

In my last posting, Time to Think I emphasized the importance of spending time thinking before jumping into action. Now, let’s look at an intermediate step between thinking and acting; a time to plan.

Some Background

Many people spend enormous amounts of time developing a business plan that looks great on paper but Read the rest of this entry »

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Time to Think

 

Before you begin a major undertaking in your business do you take time to think in depth? It is critical if you are to avoid unexpected results.

It Begins with Thoughts

Before we do anything we first think. Even those routine things we do daily involve some thought beforehand. But, in this posting we are concerned with actions that are not routine, at least not yet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Unfocused Business

If you’ve ever tried to convince someone of the merits of your business idea, then you may have experienced the pitfalls on an unfocused business. If you adequately thought things through in advance you may have avoided that unfortunate experience.

What Am I Talking About?

Many of you have probably watched the TV show where entrepreneurs Read the rest of this entry »

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Reaching Business Agreement

To successfully achieve business goals generally requires having people on the same page. Yet, reaching business agreement can be very elusive. Why is that? I touched little on this in the related postings Employee Ideas and Employee Ideas Revisited.

My Way or the Highway

Have you ever worked somewhere that was run by someone who always thought their way of doing things was the only acceptable way? First, consider that we all have the tendency to think Read the rest of this entry »

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Think for Results

You have probably heard the question, “What were you thinking?”, and it usually is a result of you or someone else having done something that seemed foolish. This is a common question parents ask their children, but it is relevant in the work world as well.

Actions Start with Thoughts

Before any action is taken we have thought in some manner, even if subconsciously. For example, if you want to Read the rest of this entry »

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