the year begins it is the perfect time to acknowledge the uncertainty that
we are currently experiencing in the business environment, and in our lives. Our
most basic assumptions have been challenged, and for many of us there is an
overwhelming desire to sit tight.
is the time for strategic thinking
a lot seems to be on hold, now is the perfect time to move forward.
If you are not sure where to begin, think about a strategic
thinking and planning process. While
planning right now might seem like the last thing on your mind,
strategic thinking is a very comfortable way to help you gain momentum
to take positive action.
a structured process to fall back on, you will be able to quickly build a realistic picture of your situation in the current environment, and
identify changes that are necessary to strengthen and your business. Now is a great time to
take a fresh look at things, and think about the ways you want to grow in the year ahead.
Each morning I get out early and walk. The light is terrific as the sun rises and I have gotten into the habit of taking my camera along. The
details that are revealed in the pictures often surprise me. We all are gazing right now, but
how much are we missing? Strategic planning is about the future, but it starts with a
picture of what it really looks like today.
. If you zoom in and focus on the environment, the
conditions in your business, and on your differentiating factors; as you develop the picture, an image
will form that can provide new insight to creating effective strategies for
the coming year.
In and Out
are many dynamics, both internal and external that affect success. There are also many tools, methods and practices to help assess
those dynamics. Some of the basic areas to look at are trends, competition,
customer segments, structure and function, and internal strengths and
limitations. People are the most important resource in any business.
Before you head in a new direction, remind yourself of the skills,
abilities, knowledge, expertise, natural tendencies, and values that set you
employees and business partners can provide useful information about your business from their viewpoint. Some of the methods to gather this
information include focus groups, surveys, assessments, and customer service
reports. As a starting point, simply ask the following two questions- Are we easy to do business
with? What are the things we do best?
As your begin to map a plan for the future, if you design strategies based
on strengths, the goals will be easier and more enjoyable.
There is always opportunity to grow and develop. Build on what
comes naturally. Personal
assessments are one way to increase understanding, personal effectiveness, and satisfaction.
successful result of a strategic thinking and planning process is a clear
and motivating vision that builds on strengths, and meets the needs of your
employees, customers, and business partners. You
will have created prioritized, actionable goals and realistic expectations.
All in all, a lot better than sitting around!
2002 YOUR BEST YEAR YET!
Mazur is the President of Princeton Performance Dynamics.
As a facilitator and business coach, Helene supports individuals and
organizations to achieve goals that are important to them.
Her company specializes in strategic planning, building leadership, sales, and customer service strategies. Contact her at 609-924-9399
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