Do you have a strategy for your business?
When it comes to Business Strategy there are two rules:
Rule #1: Have a strategy.
Rule #2: Make sure everyone is literally on the same page in understanding the components of the strategy, and how to implement it.
All too often strategies contain words or concepts that take on as many meanings and interpretations as the number of people who read them. Having a clear and focused strategy is critically important to the success of your business. Without a well-defined strategy, your business may stall – or even fail.
You need to have a plan for day-to-day business, and you also need to spend time looking at and listening to the changes that are happening in your industry. To ensure you make progress towards your long-term goals, it is a matter of having a daily plan to get things done, in conjunction with an overarching strategy to guide those daily plans.
Success is about planning, and planning is about success; if you plan to succeed, you will succeed. Here are some questions to ask yourself to help you plan your success:
- Do you have a current Business Plan?
- Have you set realistic and measurable goals?
- Do you have clear strategies to achieve your goals?
- Can you identify what you will need to achieve your goals?
- Do you regularly review your goals with regards to changing circumstances?
- Have you set up a platform to develop Financial Forecasts?
- Do you have the right systems and tools in place to help you achieve your strategy?
The key aspect of strategic planning is aligning all members of the team with the purpose and vision of the company; both in the short- and long-term. Strategy challenges are indicated by a slowing in top-line revenue growth. If revenue is not growing as quickly as you like, then it is time to re-examine your strategy.
Any time is a good time to make a Business Plan if you do not have one; however, it is particularly relevant at the start of a New Financial Year. If you are contemplating a major change in your existing business, or starting a new venture, a Business Plan is crucial. You will also require a Business Plan to support any financial applications.
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