How are you starting off your year? Now is the time to dig in and get a strong start. But there are so many things that you could do, and there are only so many hours in the day and days in the week. Here’s a solid approach to get yourself going and growing.
Concentrate on these two factors:
Fix what’s been keeping you up at night to start the new year off right!! Every business has issues. Some have been roadblocks for years, some are relatively new ones. Identify the issues that you have been experiencing over this past year that are still unresolved and attack them. I mean REALLY attack them.
Identify and face those issues early. Don’t spend this year staying up all night lamenting the monster that is still under your desk. If you don’t resolve it, you will be sitting at your desk 12 months from now, singing the same sad song, after having faced the same struggles for another year. Don’t accept the status quo.
Be pragmatic. Take a piece of paper. Write up a list of the 10 issues that plagued you this past year. Then prioritize them.
Now take the top 2 or 3 issues. Those are your targets for the next 30 days.
By putting a solid effort behind resolving issues that are keeping you from success, you will reach your goal and prepare yourself for the next one!!
How can you be more Strategic? Look beyond what you want to accomplish in this calendar year. Focus on what needs to be done to grow and continue your success for the next 5 or 10 years. What is it that you want to be doing 5 or 10 years from now?
Did you read my blog on Wearing 500 Hats? What kind of company do you want your company to be 5 or 10 years from now? Do you have an exit strategy? What do you need to do to be able to accomplish that exit?
What elements of your business need to change or adapt to sustain growth? Do you need to bring capabilities in-house that you are currently buying to increase productivity and reduce costs? Is there something that you need to do, or someone that you need to hire that will allow you to get to the next level, or free you to do the things that you REALLY want or need to do?
No business is the same today as it was 5 years ago. And, if you’re paying attention to the marketplace, and reacting to it, your business will be different in another 5 years. Business owners and leaders need to stay aware and adapt or they will watch their businesses disappear.
Look at these factors:
As business leaders, if we see changes happening, we need to take action to adjust to trends in the market. Is the current market situation a “bubble” or part of a sustained pattern? How do you prepare your company to take advantage of the sustained pattern and how do you protect your company if it’s just a bubble?
Being strategic means thinking beyond this year. It’s taking the long term view. It’s being PROACTIVE rather than REACTIVE. That’s really the line in the sand that separates those leaders and companies that will be here for the long term, and those that are just riding out the current market situation.
Which one are you?
Ed is an executive with 30 years of experience leading management and strategic planning resulting in M&A deal completions and subsequent “hands-on” integration. His passion and deep experience in managing M&A transactions includes 5 deal completions in 7 years as President of a multi-channel Retail CPG manufacturer-distributor providing $104 million in new retail revenue.
Other leadership positions included CEO and CFO positions in Private Equity, Private and Public companies. One such $1 billion company grew 200% during his 5-year tenure as VP Finance N. America and Worldwide Corporate M&A.
Ed is active in various community and charity organizations and resides in Lincolnshire, IL with his wife and four children.
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