The Journey - Action
STRATEGY - Involve, engage and value stakeholders.
Taking action on the results of the assessment and analysis of your company or business idea is the next step to getting you on the right path to success. So again, let’s not run before we can walk. Having a strong strategic plan will engage you and your team to adopt set goals from the start. Remember that without everyone being onboard and buying into the action plan, adoption and implementation will be difficult, if not impossible. Involve, engage and value stakeholders.
Let’s get started - Key questions
‘Climbing the right mountain is much easier than sliding down the wrong mountain’.
WHAT - This step is often overlooked and many businesses don’t have a clear and achievable end goal. This takes time but climbing the right mountain is much easier than sliding down the wrong mountain. Being clear on the destination enables us to set short, medium and long term goals.
‘Without a good helping of passion for your stakeholders you will stumble at the first hurdle.’
WHY - This step looks at the benefits of achieving the set goals. Are you really serious about your business idea? Are you 100% committed to your end goal?
We look at the positives for stakeholders - remember without a good helping of passion for your stakeholders you will stumble at the first hurdle. Stakeholders are your business they include employees, clients and their advocates and other organisations for example in health and social care, you will be in contact with health professionals, social workers, local authorities and hospitals, the list is endless.
‘We work in partnership with tech companies and will help you to get up and running with suitable products.’
HOW - This step looks at the strategy for achieving your set goals. Having completed your SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) we will have the detail required for strategic planning. Good strategising will develop a stable platform to give you the success that you deserve. Focus on controlling the controllable. Be aware that there will be some things that you can’t control and therefore you must be ready to manage them. Use the correct technology, paper based processes are not cost effective, in the main they are time consuming and ineffective in today’s business world. We work in partnership with tech companies and will help you to get up and running with suitable products.
To give your business the greatest chance of success, clarifying your strategies and how to achieve them is key. Engaging stakeholders in brainstorming is great, ideas are recorded and generally, we will settle on a maximum of 5 strategies which can then broken down into sub strategies. We will then be able to detail and define smaller goals which will be easily achievable and serve to boost confidence in your decision making.
‘The right strategy for the right person in the right way. If you follow the three ‘R’s and support people appropriately you will achieve your set goals.’
WHO - Dependent on where you are on your journey, ensuring that you have the right people for the tasks in hand is crucial. I think of it as the three R’s, the right strategy for the right person in the right way. If you follow the three ‘R’s and support people appropriately you will achieve your set goals.
I can’t stress enough how important this is and giving support when needed will pay dividends in creating positive work cultures throughout your company. There is pool of talented and experienced people out there, conversely, there are many people who, although are inexperienced, many will be talented and have the right skill sets and great potential to help your business grow. Experience has shown, that new people come to businesses with fresh open minds, innovative ideas and no conditioned and preconceived ideas as to how things should be done.
Inspire, engage and empower.
WHEN - This step starts with our destination and starting from there you can create a roadmap to achieve your destination. This will include, key dates when decisions and predetermined tasks will be delivered, be realistic in your deadlines. Make sure that the tasks to be achieved are detailed and can meet the key target dates and remember to support people to achieve their goals.
“A plan is not putting you in a box and forcing you to stay there. A plan is a guide to keep you on course, efficient, and safe.” -Amber Hurdle,