In a few days the First Quarter of 2015 will be completed. How did you make out? If you created and wrote out or otherwise created a plan, how did the reality compare to the plan?
Large publicly traded companies go through this comparison on a regular basis. Entire departments spend the majority of their time and effort verifying, recording and presenting these differences. At the very least, any business owner should be tracking their numbers on a quarterly if not more regular basis.
Ever hear the saying, if you don’t know where you are, how will you get to where you’re going? In fact how will you know when you get there?
The point is we all must know where we are in business. We all must have some type of a plan to compare what we are actually doing so we are able to check in and make changes if necessary. These changes may be to the plan itself or to how we are conducting our business. There should be an advisory board or some type of accountability or feedback group put in place in order to not live in a void or as some might say ‘live in a bubble’.
By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands — your own.” ~ Mark Victor Hansen
Let’s assume this year began and no plan was put in place. Let’s assume if you are a large business you accepted ‘ditto’ – same as last year Let’s assume if you are a small business owner you did not create a plan for the year at all. It is not too late in either case!
For the large company, how about providing some leadership development? Why not invest in your employees for the future of the business?
For the small business owner how about your own personal development and building up your leadership skills?
In both of these cases the payoff is huge and the relative investment is small. If this is something you are considering or thinking “now that you mentioned it, Mitch”, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for help in developing your plan.
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Mitch Tublin is a consultant, coach, speaker and trainer who resides in Stamford, CT.
ICF Certified Coach – PCC
This quarter I stayed very focused on my goals and I have accomplished them all. Looking forward to next quarter! It helps when you love your goals!
Mary Ellen Miller says
Mitch, I’m like Jessica. Although I’ve had a few “sidetracks” for the most part I’ve stayed very focused on my goals and am checking them off the list that I created during my annual strategic planning late last year. You are so right. When you write it down, it gets done!
Trudy Scott, Food Mood Expert and Nutritionist says
I’m focused, have a plan and am on track and it feels good!
Lisa Manyon says
I love this quote: “By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands — your own.” ~ Mark Victor Hansen
AND thanks for the reminder to take planning to the next level by measuring the plan and setting specific goals. I’m in the process of readjusting some things.