Remember doing the dot-to-dots as a kid? You had a page of dots that made no sense but by drawing a connecting line according to the numbered sequence, suddenly you had picture that made sense.
Connect the dots in your business and you will know what you need to do and why, and you will be in far more control.
Unfortunately, too many business owners leap around trying different tactics in order to achieve their results. If the dots aren’t connected there is no control and the picture makes no sense.
When I help business owners create their strategy for the coming years we start by defining the core purpose of their business and from that define where they ultimately want to get their business to – their vision and mission.
Because that vision can be too far away for one strategy, we then break the journey down into major milestones called Strategic Destinations. Because we don’t have an infinite amount of time and resources, we identify where time and effort should be focused – the key priorities.
We then break this journey down further into annual, quarterly, and monthly goals and identify how they will be achieved – the objectives. Finally, we define the tasks and actions – the tactics – that will realise these objectives.
Every step is connected back to the original purpose.
Hopefully you see how by connecting all that you do back to all that you need to achieve and where you need to get your business, you are far more likely to stay on course and achieve your goals and stay in control to reach your destination.
Your page full of random dots becomes a clear picture that shows you how to take your business to the next level – to the next strategic destination – and a big step closer to your ultimate vision.