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Seven Steps to Prepare for a Better Business Future

December 14, 2016 // R. Shawn McBride // No Comments »

We like to work with businesses and business owners on building companies they love. We specifically work with private business owners on building companies that stand the test of time. How do you make better plans and how do you prepare yourself for a better future?

Here’s seven steps to take a look at.

#1 Refocus on your dreams. Start by figuring out what you want to accomplish. Where are you headed? What do you want to get to? Focus on those dreams, figure out what you need and desire.

#2 Do a skills inventory. Where are you now? Take a look at your current position. What have you accomplished? What skills do you have in your inventory? What do you have to build from? Where are you starting out at?

# 3 Do a needs assessment. What do you need? You have certain dreams and to accomplish them you’re going to have certain needs. There’s certain skills and abilities that you’re going to need in order to get to where you need to get to — to achieve those dreams. Take a full assessment of what you need.

#4 Compare the two. How do your needs and what you currently have compare? Where are the weak spots? Where do you need to develop? This is your roadmap for development, to prepare yourself for the future.

# 5 Prioritize. You probably have located multiple needs in these steps. Now you want to set a priority and an order for getting them done in a fashion that makes sense to you. Figure out where to focus first. Often this will be the item that requires time to prepare. You may be able to work on multiple needs and priorities sequentially, but you will probably want to get started on the one that’s going to take the longest time to develop, so that you can get that one out of the way and you can start working on other needs as time permits.

# 6 Take a small step. Do something to move towards your goal. Start today. Delaying is only going to cause you to procrastinate. Go ahead and figure out something you can work on now and start making steps forward.

# 7 Revisit. Things are going to evolve. Things are going to happen in unexpected ways. Go back and revisit these processes from time to time and make sure that you’re on the right track and that you’re focused in the right places.

What’s been your experience in building for a better future? Are you prepared for your future? How’s your preparation process going? Join us in the comments below.

Figure out where to focus your attention, first.

Make better plans and prepare for a brighter future.

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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. Griszka Niewiadomski.


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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 reach R. Shawn McBride at or (214) 418-0258.


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