Poor planners never have enough time and run from fire to fire. They’re days are filled with crisis. People without a plan are controlled by their environment. Their team sees them as having no direction. 6 reasons planning is a pain:
- Consumes time.
- Hard to concentrate on the goal.
- Feels like you aren’t getting anywhere.
- Things are still happening around you. It feels like I’m falling behind.
- By the time you get the plan done, it needs to be changed.
- We already know what to do. Why plan? Just go do it.
How planning saved my company: I founded and led SafeData, a data backup and recovery company. Our customer’s sales ranged from $10 million to $2 billion. We received a letter, in early 2009, informing us our rent was going to triple in 4 months. This increase would make us uncompetitive and put us out of business. We needed a plan for survival. I called the team together because planning is a team effort. Here’s what happened. Initially the team was confused because the team didn’t realize the severity of the problem. Here’s what I did:
- Stated the problem. We need to find a new datacenter.
- Established a deadline. We have four months.
- Determine the steps to make the move.
- Assigned responsibilities.
- Formed a team to minimize customer pain.
- Set a schedule of weekly meetings to review and modify the plan as needed.
- Executed the plan.
Three and a half months later, we moved into our new data center with a minimum of customer pain. 6 reasons successful entrepreneurs plan… Because it:
- Points the way.
- Changes as situations change.
- Makes organizations efficient.
- Defines goals.
- Keeps you on task.
- Establishes finish lines.
5 Benefits of planning:
- Customer satisfaction.
- Team involvement guarantees success.
- Shared responsibilities.
- Something to revise and improve.
- Plans save time.
Planning enabled us to take charge. More on planning: Golf, Sailing, & Good Business Plans Can you share a time when planning was crucial to your business? What did you learn about planning?
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