Planning is my thing. I have a passion for planning. A passion that few people share and I talk about planning as one of the central tenants of The 3 Laws of Empowerment. But what I see is too few people build flexibility into their plans. Planning is great. It is a highly recommended exercise and it is of the utmost value and I think businesses that don’t plan, often are planning to fail. It’s that important. You must have plans to succeed, but your plans have to be flexible. You need to recognize reality.
When you’re planning, are you building plans assuming that everything is going to happen? That lightning is going to strike at a certain time, at a certain location, or a certain day? Or are you recognizing the reality of the business world? Those things aren’t going to happen on your schedule. That there’s too much chaos. That there’s too much variability that you have to build plans that recognize that the world evolves and it’s outside of your control.
How are your plans working? Have you run “what if” scenarios? Have you played with different ideas of how things might evolve and how you would have to change conditions to get to where you want to get to? I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments. What has been your experience? What have you done? How are your plans working? Let us know in the comments below.
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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein. This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique. Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Freeimages.com/photographer Brad Harrison.
About the Author
R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.