Once a clear strategic direction has been agreed, we will work with the key people in your organisation to understand its current situation and, therefore, how to move the business from where it is to where you want it to be. We will help identify the activities, projects as well as measurement systems that are crucial to attaining the agreed goals and objectives. This will act as a catalyst for positive change and improvement in your business.
How we Help You Build a Successful Business
Lay Strong Foundations
A clear strategic plan is the foundations on which any strong business is built. It sets out the aims of the business – where it wants to be and what it wants to achieve. It sets out its purpose and values – why it exists and what its guiding principals are. Without these essential elements your business is like a rudderless ship drifting in the ocean at the mercy of the winds and tides.
Create a Clear Plan
If you fail to plan then plan to fail. A detailed business plan is like creating a map for your journey and adding a rudder to your ship. The first step is to understand where your business is in relation to you future goals. This helps identify the activities that need to be taken & resources that need to be found to move your business from where it is to where you want it to be.
Implement Your Plan
Too many businesses invest time and effort creating a business plan then leave it on a shelf gathering dust. Why? Because this is the most difficult part – it means turning words into actions. Once you have a clear business plan it is time to start to implement it. Prioritise the activities & projects, allocate resources to them, start actioning them and measure progress.
Our approach to business planning and development provides a robust framework for the effective management of each of these factors against your strategic plan.
As the diagram shows, people are critical to the successful implementation of strategic plans.
Enabling people to gain an insight into the views of others helps to build consensus and leads to the creation of a shared vision which can be a strong catalyst for change within your organisation.
We work closely with you and your team, using highly participative decision support tools and techniques, to surface and evaluate their aspirations, ideas and concerns for the business.
We also capture their thinking in the form of a causal map which not only helps with the planning process but also provides a reference point when the time comes to review the results.
By capturing the chain the of ‘thinking’ that takes place during the evaluation and planning phases, we can help you to develop an understanding of how actions link to options, issues and expected outcomes.
This enables us to crease a robust fully integrated business plan for the development of your business.
Identifying the key activities and ensuring that people are motivated to take the actions and to make the changes required to successfully implement these activities are critical to the successful implementation your strategic business plan.
Reviewing your progress towards your goals is critical to the long-term success of your strategy.
Understanding the cause and effect relationships between the activities that you take and their expected outcomes enables us to identify and, therefore, measure the key drivers of future performance against your plan.
This allows you to identify problems and rectify then early.
Actions and activities are more focused through having a better understanding of the key issues in the business.
Involving people in the planning process helps improve communication and decision-making at all levels in your organisation.
Focus and direction becomes clearer through creating a company wide awareness of, and commitment to, your organisation and its aspirations.
Business Planning becomes a regular occurrence, rather than an annual exercise which enables you to react faster to issues.
Commitment & Motivation
Levels of commitment and motivation within your organisation can be improved by involving people in the planning process.
The process creates a robust, well-articulated and sustainable Business Strategy that is supported by integrated Strategic Plans.