Turn Those New Year Resolutions into Profit for 2020
February 12, 2020 at 12:10 PM
Every business needs a plan and there’s no time like now to get started on it.
During the summer break, you might have thought about changing and improving a few things in your business. The best way to get things started, I have found through experience, is to get your key staff involved. If your people don’t understand what you are trying to achieve with your business, then they won’t be able to help you to achieve it.
The best businesses that I have worked with have a clear business plan which is well communicated by the business owners, to the right people, to help them to implement it.
In this way the guesswork is eliminated and, as a result, their staff understand what they need to do.
It always amazes me that many businesses will invest a lot of money on equipment, upgrading the premises and staff training and then simply “wing it” as they react to whatever comes up.
The best time to get staff involved in the planning process, I believe, is at the start of the new year. They have returned from their break refreshed and seem to be more open to new concepts and learning new ways of doing things.
Keep your delivery to staff really simple, at first, then as they understand what you are trying to achieve you can layer it up a bit by filling them in with more detail.
Ask for their feedback along the way to get them on board. They might be closer to some of the issues than you are and come up with innovative solutions. This will give them ownership of the changes you wish to make increasing the chances of success.
For those of you who are my clients, you will know that in order to maintain the gains that might be created from a planning session, it’s important to either adjust your existing operations flow charts, or to create new ones, in consultation with staff.
Your planning session will include Marketing, Operations, Finance and Resources, so there’s a lot to cover. All of these areas are interconnected and a change in any one area will make changes in other areas.
If you need a hand, contact me.
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By Dean Dalton DBA
Director, DaltonPlan® Business Action Planning Limited