Strategic Discipline Blog
Your long term goals for your business won't be achieved unless you break them down into individual accountabilities and priorities. As Peter Drucker pointed out, "Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work."
Is it comforting to know that even the big guys get things wrong when it comes to customer experience? Maybe I'm daft, but yesterday when I attempted to replace my old wireless router with a new Linksys [Cisco] wireless router there seemed to be a clear disconnect between what the customer might experience and Linksys efforts to resolve potential problems.
Just about every business I know can put together a one year plan for their business. How many actually do is another question. The biggest issue is whether the plan has the teeth to succeed. Does it muster the proper support and accountability to achieve the expected result? You need only refer to my last blog Strategic Planning - Great Strategy Isn't Enough to understand the multitude of reasons why most business plans fail. That's why you need Strategic Discipline.
Before moving to your One Year Plan it's important to understand that developing your strategy isn't enough. Getting your executive team together to postulate, plan, brainstorm and discover your 3-5 year plan and then determine your key thrusts and capabilities isn't nearly enough to move the needle on your business.
In Mastering the Rockefeller Habits Verne Harnish states that to become and remain competitive your company needs three things:
A recipe for a great meal is only as good as its presentation. Clarity in your business is only as good as your ability to communicate it and then implement. So perhaps your buying into to the idea of creating a vision for your business as the recipe for growth. What's next? Gazelles One Page Strategic Plan provides clarity and action steps to not only broadcast your intentions but to provide steps to get everyone on board and contributing to the momentum of your top priorities. It's the key to not only achieving clarity in your business, it provides the next action steps. You must not only indicate where you are going, you must give your team a way to climb on board and contribute.