As 2014 approaches, I thought I’d share the following “forecast” about what the upcoming year could hold.
Dear Small and Mid-Market Executive –
The past few years have held their own share of challenges for companies of all sizes, but for you in the small and mid-market space they’ve been particularly stressful.
The election is next week. The holidays are close behind, and 2013 is just around the corner. And yet many companies still don’t have a formal strategic plan on the books OR a meeting scheduled to create a strategic plan and align their team.
As we head into the last quarter of 2012, the subject of strategic planning should be on the top of your list. In my travels, however, I’ve found that there are 3 categories companies fall into when it comes to Strategic Planning.
People are the life blood of a business – but getting them engaged and committed can seem like a daunting task at times…
- What are you doing to foster engagement in your company?
- How are you getting people on the same page and pulling in the same direction?
- How much time do you spend reinforcing what’s important AND what are the consequences of not performing?
Summer’s winding down…at least in the northern hemisphere…and I’m starting to hear talks of annual planning for 2013 – along with lots of“strategic thinking” and “what if” conversations. Of course, there’s always the critical prioritization question given all of the things you could be doing…