Wouldn’t it be great to have the time to really step back, think about your business and make sure that you’re clear on your goals, using the right strategies, and making sure that your team is well-informed and motivated? But we all know that a successful business has too much going on to have time for strategic planning. Right?
Finding the Right Route Takes Time
Imagine you’re starting a three-day road trip in the height of summer vacation time, but get out the door just a bit late. You know you should put the information into your GPS or map app to find the right route and to determine how long it will take you to get there. But you’re already running a bit behind. You know roughly that you want to get on the interstate and head north. So you jump in the car and get rolling, knowing at some opportune time you’ll stop and accurately enter your destination information.
Unfortunately, you get out on the interstate only to find bumper-to-bumper traffic crawling along. The next exit is 11 miles up the road, and just when you wrap your mind around all of this, your low fuel light comes on. The traffic creeps along, your stress level goes up and when you finally enter the information into the GPS, it’s clear there was a better route that would have taken less time, and would have taken you past several gas stations.
Don’t Play Catch-Up
In the world of business, we often feel like we don’t have time for strategic planning. There’s simply too much to be done to really take the time to figure the best way of getting it done.
We don’t have time for strategy, but somehow we make the time to deal with the problems that poor strategy creates. We don’t have the time for proper training and onboarding, but we have the time to deal with the performance issues that result. We don’t have the time or information to be sure that we are on the right path, but we have time to double back, turn around, and find another route.
Start by taking small steps. Free up 30 minutes per week to think strategically about the business. As you do, make one of your top priorities finding a few ways to free up just a bit more time for strategic planning.
When you get to 3-4 hours per week, you will find that you free up even more time by doing things right the first time and not having as many frustrated customers and employees. What a concept — you’re on your way!
Build Aid Coming April 1-2, 2020
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