Stage 2 Planning: Make Waves…Not Spikes
Most Second Stage small businesses have a planning process, but there are often 2 problems with them: the planning cycle is incomplete, and the preparation is incomplete. Let’s look at that second problem some more.
Because leaders are so busy, there’s a natural desire to have strategic planning take as little time as possible. Unfortunately, though, you have to have preparation in order to be strategic. You will not get strategic-level thinking or discussions from your Stage 2 leadership team if you expect people to be working at their job until 9:29, step into the leadership meeting at 9:30 and be strategic, and then go back to fighting fires at 11:00.
So, how do you make your strategic planning process more strategic?
Don’t use a “spike” model for your meetings, where there’s little or no preparation structured to occur before the meeting, and little or no follow-through structured to occur after the meeting. Instead, use a “wave” model, where you build up to the meeting with preparation, and then wind down from the meeting with follow-up.
You’ll find that your conversations get considerably more productive, and there’s better follow-through, when you use the wave model for strategic planning in your Second Stage business.
We’ll talk more about planning in our free Stage 2 Secrets educational teleseminar.