Rick Meekins is the Managing Partner at Aepiphanni, a Business Consultancy, an Atlanta, GA based small business consultancy that provides Management Consulting, Implementation and Managed Services to business leaders and entrepreneurs seeking to improve or expand operations.
A Great Big Bite from Steve Marr
This is a great article that really rings home. As business owners, as entrepreneurs, we have a tendancy to go after the whole shabang instead of taking our time and perfecting things as we go along. I’ve heard cases on both sides of the story – basically, “ready, aim, fire” – but people get stuck in the “aim” stage, doing all kinds of planning and that sort of thing. Another popular process is “ready, fire, aim,” suggesting that it is better to move things forward and focus will come pretty naturally.
What both methods have in common is
- Have a process. Know that you have to prepare yourself, know that you’ve got to launch, or move forward, and know that you will have to focus. The order may depend on the investment, resources available, etc.. Personality differences and business differences will dictate…but have a process to get to all three steps.
- Get ready. As an archer, that means you need to firmly plant your feet, observe where the target is, as my friend, Ann Starette would say, “Mind your breath,” meaning prepare your body…relax. Relaying that to your business, have an idea about your who, what, where, when, why and how, and prepare your team. Let them know what is going on. Ideally, have a vision – big picture, of what it will look like at the end of the day, and have a mission – what the purpose is.
- As Steve Marr will speak to in the article, below…don’t try to swallow the entire vision all at once. You can only hit one target at a time.
WRITTEN BY STEVE MARRTHURSDAY, MARCH 27TH, 2008
Joshua needed 15 years to subdue Canaan, even with God’s help. We need to remember, small steps are needed to accomplish a larger task.Joshua planned each attack carefully, first seizing the middle ground to divide the enemy, then finishing off the conquest. Cities were captured one at a time.In business, plan each objective carefully. Finish key tasks completely before you move on to the next target. We must win the small battles in order to win the war.Break down your large goals into bite-sized pieces, and you will be amazed as you march steadily on to obtain your goals.
At Aepiphanni Business Solutions, we are dedicated to serving the needs of small business owners. We specialize in helping you develop strategies for your organization, and are committed to your success. If you have further questions about creating your strategy or developing your vision, please give me, Rick Meekins, a call at 678-265-3908, or email us at [email protected].