You’ve built a plan. Now, what can you do to make sure it’s robust and rigorous and gets you where you want to go? If you missed our previous blog, take a look at how to make plans. Then move on to my five steps for testing plans.
#1 Write. I hope you wrote down the plan during its development. If not, do it now because seeing it spelled out on paper will give you greater clarity. You will be able to work out details and may discover problems before you set your plan in motion.
# 2 Consult. Take your plan to a trusted advisor, someone you believe in. The advisor doesn’t have to be an expert in the area. It does have to be somebody who knows what she’s talking about, who knows what he’s doing, and who can look at your plan and give you sensible advice.
# 3 Demand. You need your advisor’s feedback. Don’t simply ask, “Did you like my plan?” Press for details. “What did you think about this step? What did you think about that step? What do you think might go wrong? What would you change if this were your plan?” You really want to get the truth from this person.
# 4 Revise. Now that you have outside advice to guide you, revisit and revise your plan. Then take it back to that person, or find someone else. Keep testing and improving your plan.
# 5 Evolve. Once you have your plan in place, you want to keep testing it and testing it and testing it. As you follow your plan, you will want to make adjustments and changes. Work with others. Their input can be so valuable.
What’s your experience? Have you made plans? Did they succeed? Join us 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 Emanuel Lobeck.
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