Believe it or not, having a plan of action is essential to the success of any business. It takes time to put together a formal business plan, but it’s well worth the effort. Before you can make a firm plan, you need to be able to answer the following questions about your business:
In order to answer these questions you’ll have to thoroughly analyse your organisation. You’ll need to consider both the internal and external environments, your business plan, mission statemetns, corporate objectives, and current strategies. Once you’ve done that you’ll be able to make new plans, but these new plans will also need to include strict methods for measuring, monitoring, and controlling your progress.
Formulating a strong business plan will allow you to properly analyse each situation as it arises. Yo’ull have the tools you need to determine which opportunities are appropriate for growth and which you should simply avoid. You’ll also learn how to avoid overanalysing your situation – a problem that may cause you to spend more time than is necessary on any given task.
I challenge you to think about your organisation right now. Can you answer all of the questions posed above without doing an extensive amount of research? How do you feel about your organisation right now?
Mark Williams is a learning and development professional, using business psychology and multiple intelligences to create fascinating and quickly-identifiable learning initiatives in the real-world business setting. Mark’s role at MTD is to ensure that our training is leading edge, and works closely with our trainers to develop the best learning experiences for all people on learning programmes. Mark designs and delivers training programmes for businesses both small and large and strives to ensure that MTD’s clients are receiving the very best training, support and services that will really make a difference to their business.