4 Simple Steps to Creating an Effective Vision in 5 Minutes

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December 11, 2012

Every business can create a better future for their customers, employees and owners. It’s easier than you may think. Consider these two stats. First, according to a gallop poll, most employees are not engaged in the work place. What percentage are engaged?

Only 28%.

Second, INC research tells us that having a effective growth planning system is the best indicator of whether a business will grow. How many businesses utilize a planning system?

Only 12%.

So how do you create a better future for your customers, employees, and owners? Engage your team in planning, achieving and celebrating progress. It all starts with a plan. If you fail to plan you plan to fail.

1Hour2plan has been designed to help you plan and succeed. It’s simple and easy to use. It will help you clarify the 6 essential elements of your business growth plan. And it’s a proven process that you can use for the life of your business.

Let’s look at one element of a dynamic business growth plan and how your team engages in the planning process. A business vision is a concise word picture of an organization’s ideal future. Imagine your team is climbing a mountain; the vision will define which mountain. There are many ways to create a vision. Here’s a four step approach that has proven effective with hundreds of organizations.

Simply define:

  • How good do you want to be?
  • At providing what?
  • To Whom?
  • On what type of scale?

For example, the leading provider of residential fencing to homeowners in the San Diego area.

Once you have each participant’s best thinking, on these four elements, you’re able to consider people’s input, select the verbiage you prefer and align your team around a shared business vision. 1Hour2Plan uses a similar methodology with each of the planning elements. When you’ve completed the planning process, share the plan with each of the participants and begin making greater progress, together.

How about you? What’s your vision? What mountain is calling you to the climb? Let’s continue the conversation. Leave a comment below, post on my Facebook page, or Tweet me @JoeCalhoon.

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