• Posted 15/09/2017 12:19am

PLANNING FOR VICTORY

Lucky breaks happen. But not in the way you think. They are slowly grown, like a crop; planted, cultivated and ultimately harvested. Success is not a random accident. Life is not a lottery.

People don’t start taking small steps toward their goals because they’re waiting for a lucky break. Perhaps you know someone who once hoped to become a professional athlete. The truth, of course, is that very few people have the talent to become superstars in sports, where the odds of making it are a million to one. And when the lucky break didn’t turn out the way they hoped, they give up. They become victims of the lucky break myth.

Any successful person pays the price; hours and hours of hard work with no one watching or aware of what they are doing. Success in anything doesn’t happen overnight or out of thin air. It requires hundreds of small steps taken every day.

The first step is key, but the second step is just as important. People often take the first step, don’t see any immediate success and quit. How many people have the strength and courage to take the second step?

When you were a toddler, you made your way around by crawling. Everyone around you was walking, and one day you got it into your little head that maybe you could give walking a try. You let go and took that first, amazing, bold step, and smack – you fell right on your bottom. 

So what did you do? You didn’t say to yourself, “I hope nobody saw that. You know, maybe I’m not cut out for walking. And crawling isn’t so bad”.

No. You did what other toddlers have done throughout time – you got back up and took a second step.

The second step was probably no better than the first. But that second step was where you really started to learn how to walk. It was only a matter of time before you were really walking on your own.

Babies instinctively understand the slight edge. We forget it only as we grow up.

Business is a good example of taking small steps. And the way to do this is to structure these steps as part of an holistic view of the business, a 3-5 year strategic plan.

As we grow older we tend to operate on a wing and a prayer, and tend to ignore any structured plans that we put in place.

As a result, we stagnate, fail to adapt to changes that are inevitable, and do not achieve the level of success that we intended. 

A strategic plan focuses on the process, which will allow the outcome to take care of itself. Focus areas are the underlying points of any strategic pillar and focusing on achieving those day-by-day, week-by-week, month-by-month and year-by-year will allow any business at any stage to achieve the level of success that they strive to.

Strategic Management NZ will sit down for a free one hour consultation where an analysis of your businesses strengths and weaknesses will be produced. This will form the basis of the strategic planning process for your business.

No two strategic management plans will look alike. Every business and organisation has a different mission, different values, and different goals they want to achieve. The top of your business plan should remind you of your mission statement, your values and your vision. These are your reasons for being, and will help guide your planning and goal setting.

Next, we’ll outline the top five pillars of your strategy. Overall, what would you like to see happen in the next five years? Your vision for each of your five categories can be as broad or as specific as you like. Why are these the pillars of your strategic five year plan? The Rationale section outlines the reasons underpinning the pillars of your strategy. Make sure the ‘What’ and the ‘Why’ at the core of your business align, as they guide how you move forward.

Based on your over-arching strategy pillars and your rationale, we can set definite milestones for you to achieve by the end of your five year plan. Challenge yourself by setting some lofty targets to really make your five year plan count.

Finally, we’ll figure out exactly what you need to do to reach your five years goals, and put them in an order that strategically makes sense. At the end of the day, creating a strategic management plan isn’t rocket science. Strategic Management NZ make planning your strategy easy, and will help keep you on track along the way to help you achieve your goals.

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