You're all plans and no action

Ok, you walk out of that meeting; you have identified the issues, worked out a solution, know what to do next and all your problems will be sorted.

You return to your desk and reality strikes; the phone rings, emails arrive, the next crisis looms. The day job takes over again.

We have all been there, you know what to do but doing it is a different matter.

Many people talk about strategy and planning, but once the talking is over it is time for action. The planning and strategy is part of a process, a fundamental starting point on a road to improvement. Without planning and a strategy, you are like a rudderless ship, heading in no particular direction.

Once the planning and strategy has been agreed the work starts. We need to consider how to implement these plans to benefit from the ideas we have. One thing worse than not knowing what to do is knowing what to do but not doing it!

Our plan will direct you on how to get from A to B and the implementation will actually get you from A to B and long term will make life simpler, more enjoyable, less stressful, more profitable…whatever your driver is.

So take time out to consider where you are in your business life, work out a plan to improve matters, but then, critically, allow time to deliver them, revisit them, review them and work on them to ensure they still meet the original goals.

It’s amazing how often so called “good luck” comes from meticulous planning, implementation and review, followed by more planning, implementation and review…odd that!

Action from out of the Blue

For the many business owners out there who have now embraced our view on finding time to think about their business, we have seen them go from not only planning, but action to traction.

The common denominator to each business we have worked with is they have agreed small steps and achievable action points.  

Since embracing the Blue strategic process, we have seen our clients share experiences of family business fall outs and coming back together. We have heard about the white elephants in the room being openly discussed, working partnerships going from frustration with each other to greater cohesive partnerships. Each have sat in the room together and worked as a collaborative team or working groups with our Blue advisors and prepared their plans.

One of our most recent family business successes was quoted as saying ‘We had wanted to develop ourselves and our business with a fresh approach - going in with an open mind, we have quickly gained a different perspective and we have started to change. There is a fascinating blend of gradual, slow, 'wait and see' adjustment and some decisive, quick, 'take the plunge' change...it’s exciting to be moving to a new way of thinking, building on all the good things we have and leaving some of the not so good things behind and it feels good to start actually putting our plans into action’.

Being advisors to business, there are no greater joys than hearing your client say “I love it when a plan comes together”. The plan comes together when actions are carried out, driven by the business owner with a passion and the determination to see it through.

For more information, visit our Blue page contact David Richmond, Partner

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