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You Can’t Get There From Here | Extraordinary Business

8 things you need to start working on your small business strategic plan

Atlanta to the Bahamas

If you’ve ever tried to get directions from Google Maps on how to get from Atlanta, GA to the Bahamas, Google Maps will respond, “We could not calculate directions between Atlanta, GA and The Bahamas.  Even if you were to put specific points such as from the restaurant around the corner to the Angler’s Restaurant and Bar in March Harbor, there are no clear directions from one location to the other.  Essentially, with the resources Google has, you cannot get to that destination from there.

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Don’t Just Stand There! Open the Door! | Extraordinary Business

I was working with a client, over the weekend, at his office in Downtown Atlanta.  He mentioned to me, when we were walking in, that he had gotten a ticket parking in the same location that I did.  However, there was a 2 hr parking sign there, so I felt like I was safe.

As I was returning to the car, after the meeting, I noticed a Parking Nanny  (patrol officer assigned to writing parking tickets) standing at the corner of my street with two other guys.  They were talking about writing parking tickets and were debating on whether or not to have my truck towed.  As they continued their conversation, I walked down to the truck, got in and drove off.  As I drove by them, I saw them staring at me with their eyes bugged and their jaws on the floor.  They had missed an opportunity.

This is what happens with many business leaders and super villains.  They spend so much time evaluating and discussing their opportunity that them miss out altogether.  This is why it is so important to have a plan in place to evaluate and take advantage of opportunities, quickly.  This is why you’ve got to be of the mindset that you are always looking for opportunities.

For example:

  • Business mission and vision statements – How will this opportunity effect my company beliefs?
  • Job Descriptions – I’ve met someone who I think might be a good employee – I just don’t know what I am looking for or how to leverage their capabilities
  • Business modeling – We need to get more space and more vehicles.  Based on our current P&L;, how much can we afford?
  • Idea Champions – We have great ideas – but they just remain ideas.

All of these are typical scenarios and responses are tools that you, as a business leader, need to use in order to take advantage of some opportunities.  Of course, this is the short list.  Yours will be a bit longer, and practical for your line of business.

When opportunity knocks, be ready to be extraordinary.  Don’t just stand there.  Open the door!

Aepiphanni Business Consulting: The Business Strategy People is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of small to medium sized business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping leaders create extraordinary businesses.  We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including Creative and Design Services, Software & IT Services, Professional Services and Healthcare Services.  As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions.  If you are seeking a business assessment, or 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].


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Don’t Just Stand There! Open the Door! | Extraordinary Business

I was working with a client, over the weekend, at his office in Downtown Atlanta.  He mentioned to me, when we were walking in, that he had gotten a ticket parking in the same location that I did.  However, there was a 2 hr parking sign there, so I felt like I was safe.

As I was returning to the car, after the meeting, I noticed a Parking Nanny  (patrol officer assigned to writing parking tickets) standing at the corner of my street with two other guys.  They were talking about writing parking tickets and were debating on whether or not to have my truck towed.  As they continued their conversation, I walked down to the truck, got in and drove off.  As I drove by them, I saw them staring at me with their eyes bugged and their jaws on the floor.  They had missed an opportunity.

This is what happens with many business leaders and super villains.  They spend so much time evaluating and discussing their opportunity that them miss out altogether.  This is why it is so important to have a plan in place to evaluate and take advantage of opportunities, quickly.  This is why you’ve got to be of the mindset that you are always looking for opportunities.

For example:

  • Business mission and vision statements – How will this opportunity effect my company beliefs?
  • Job Descriptions – I’ve met someone who I think might be a good employee – I just don’t know what I am looking for or how to leverage their capabilities
  • Business modeling – We need to get more space and more vehicles.  Based on our current P&L;, how much can we afford?
  • Idea Champions – We have great ideas – but they just remain ideas.

All of these are typical scenarios and responses are tools that you, as a business leader, need to use in order to take advantage of some opportunities.  Of course, this is the short list.  Yours will be a bit longer, and practical for your line of business.

When opportunity knocks, be ready to be extraordinary.  Don’t just stand there.  Open the door!

Aepiphanni Business Consulting: The Business Strategy People is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of small to medium sized business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping leaders create extraordinary businesses.  We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including Creative and Design Services, Software & IT Services, Professional Services and Healthcare Services.  As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions.  If you are seeking a business assessment, or 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].


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Business Strategy: Innovation Process | Extraordinary Leadership

Part of every business’s strategy should be innovation, or the creation, management, evaluation and implementation of ideas.  As a business leader, consider how many ideas you have and how many more ideas you are presented with over the course of a week.  Then consider, how many you don’t get, meaning those that your stakeholders might have, but don’t give you for whatever reason.

The reason you would want to create a process for ideas and innovation is that without effort, ideas are just ideas.  Even if you consider yourself an innovative company, not having a process makes the innovation process very inefficient.
Something that might have normally taken a few weeks or a few months to develop might end up taking a few years.

The process is relatively easy.  Like any process, you would want to start with the vision, and work backwards.  Consider inclusion of the following as part of your evaluation and process development:

  • What is the idea?
  • Who will manage the idea?
  • Who will manage the process?
  • Does it fit into company beliefs?
  • Is it feasible?
  • How does it fit into our current offerings or the way we do things?
  • What are the risks?
  • What resources will be required?
  • When would we like to have it done?
  • How will we know if we have been successful?
  • What will the outcomes be?

Getting the process down on paper will help the process move along, and help your business to take advantage of emerging opportunities in the marketplace.  As with any process, realize that the process should be reviewed, periodically, to see where it can be improved.  Continuous improvement is a mark of an extraordinary business.

Be extraordinary.

Aepiphanni Business Consulting: The Business Strategy People is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of small to medium sized business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping leaders create extraordinary businesses.  We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including Creative and Design Services, Software & IT Services, Professional Services and Healthcare Services.  As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions.  If you are seeking a business assessment, or 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].
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Business Strategy: Innovation Process | Extraordinary Leadership

Part of every business’s strategy should be innovation, or the creation, management, evaluation and implementation of ideas.  As a business leader, consider how many ideas you have and how many more ideas you are presented with over the course of a week.  Then consider, how many you don’t get, meaning those that your stakeholders might have, but don’t give you for whatever reason.
The reason you would want to create a process for ideas and innovation is that without effort, ideas are just ideas.  Even if you consider yourself an innovative company, not having a process makes the innovation process very inefficient.
Something that might have normally taken a few weeks or a few months to develop might end up taking a few years.
The process is relatively easy.  Like any process, you would want to start with the vision, and work backwards.  Consider inclusion of the following as part of your evaluation and process development:

  • What is the idea?
  • Who will manage the idea?
  • Who will manage the process?
  • Does it fit into company beliefs?
  • Is it feasible?
  • How does it fit into our current offerings or the way we do things?
  • What are the risks?
  • What resources will be required?
  • When would we like to have it done?
  • How will we know if we have been successful?
  • What will the outcomes be?

Getting the process down on paper will help the process move along, and help your business to take advantage of emerging opportunities in the marketplace.  As with any process, realize that the process should be reviewed, periodically, to see where it can be improved.  Continuous improvement is a mark of an extraordinary business.
Be extraordinary.
Aepiphanni Business Consulting: The Business Strategy People is a Strategy Consulting Firm dedicated to serving the needs of small to medium sized business leaders and executives. We specialize in helping leaders create extraordinary businesses.  We welcome clients in the personal and professional services industries, including Creative and Design Services, Software & IT Services, Professional Services and Healthcare Services.  As always, we welcome your comments, thoughts, questions and suggestions.  If you are seeking a business assessment, or 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].
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Technorati Tags: Strategy,Innovation,Ideas,Extraordinary business
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