Category Archives: Strategic Planning

Imagine no internet

Close your eyes and imagine a world with no internet. Not only no Facebook which most working folks can remember, but no email, no google, no Wikipedia, no on line marketing, etc. For most baby boomers, this is not a question of imaging, it is a question of remembering. Would you want to go back? >

Have you laid out the steps to achieve your stretch goal for 2017?

Last week we discussed a stretch goal I made for hiking in 2016. This week I said I would discuss how to reach a stretch goal. Sometimes, we think people reach their goals without very deliberate practice. Ha! That has not been my experience.

Let’s say your stretch goal for 2017 is to grow 50% more this year than you did last year. Say, you grew 8% in revenue while maintaining a 5% net profit margin. This year, >

How are you making the pie bigger?

Entrepreneurs are tricksters – they create something where there was naught. It could be a new way to buy every day items like groceries. It could be a product we didn’t know we needed like an I-pad. Currently, it is all about

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Are you investing enough to make new projects succeed?

Take a look at a few paragraphs from the Los Angeles Times of May 14, 2016.

“Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday threw his support behind an ambitious $2-billion plan to build housing for California’s mentally ill homeless population.

“The governor’s action comes as cities from Los Angeles to San Francisco, have seen homelessness increase in recent years, sparked in part by >

How do you keep focus on your strategic projects? – Part 2

Last week we laid out a tactical plan for how to make progress on your strategic projects.

I had some feed back about how people executed on the plan.

A Senior Leader of an organization with over 300 people, shared my blog with her direct reports and together they made plans for this week, honoring each others’ focused times and setting goals together. So, now they have created an accountability group within their team to move forward together. They are making this part of their culture.

A small business owner sent me an email mid week telling me about his day. Based on my blog, he took a really important but not “today urgent project” and set himself the goal of finishing it by the end of the day around all the interruptions by staff, phone calls from clients, etc. Each time when he finished with the interruption, he went back to his focus time and continued working on the project. He finished it by day end. He told me that the satisfaction he felt was unbelievable. And, that in the normal course of his workdays, this would never have happened.

Keep those strategic projects top of mind. Plan time to work on them. Find the small acts that have big results. Aargh. It is so annoyingly simple to describe and so hard to do consistently.

If you started this last week, keep going! If you haven’t started, there is no time like the present.

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