GOT TIME FOR TODAY?
I don’t know about you, but it doesn’t seem possible that it’s November already. Wasn’t it just January last week? It feels like being in a time warp. Why is that?
Whether you work in a small business or a Fortune 500 enterprise—your work projects, schedules, deadlines, and business forecasts thrust you fast forward—relentlessly pushing you weeks and months ahead, years even.
Well then, is it any wonder that hardly anyone's got time for today?
IN TODAY'S MOMENT FOR TOMORROW
The focus is always on tomorrow and beyond. But it all has to start with today. Tomorrow’s only as good as how well you take care of business today. Completing projects that are well planned with schedules, milestones, and completion dates is just part of everyone’s job description. Project teams confidently rally to prioritize tasks, maximize productivity, and overcome challenges—ensuring the success of their projects. Although the constant motion of completing tasks and projects creates forward momentum across timelines, it also entrenches you in the status quo that keeps your business humming.
The holy grail of any business is to seek growth and relevancy in the future while sustaining success in the present. Achieving that perfect balance can be somewhat elusive and it's where most organizations begin to stumble a bit, when they're compelled to strategize and plan for the company’s future—the coming-soon attractions.
Setting up business goals that are more strategic while juggling all the minutiae of today requires facing two big and looming questions.
WHAT MAKES YOU STAND OUT?
MOUNTAIN CLIMBING NOT REQUIRED
IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR
Sometime in the next two weeks—and certainly by next month—tens of thousands of businesses, large and small, will have begun their strategic planning process for next year. According to Forbes Leadership Forum contributor, Greg Bustin: Whether companies operate on a fiscal year or not, the period between Labor Day and Thanksgiving is often when they establish plans for the upcoming year.
DON'T DRAG IT OUT