Mentoring A Business Owner – One Tree At A Time
Often when we talk to groups, we start with this question to get them warmed up. When is the best time to plant a tree?
The right answer is 20 years ago. Unless you are particularly skilled at time travel, you’ve missed that opportunity. The good news is that the second-best time to plant a tree is now!
After twenty years, you probably do want your business to have grown at a good pace and have a decent value that gives you options to reward your efforts.
Business Coaching UK Nationwide – Goal Setting
When we work with businesses, they usually do have a goal or a dream as to where they want to take their business. When asked if they have a plan to get there the answers become a bit more evasive. The great thing about being a mentor is that you have the relationship with the business owner such that you can tell them the truth and challenge them on excuses. The case for the defence, is that they usually work very hard solving today’s problems, and few know where to start in putting a plan together.
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What does that dream look like?
When do you want to achieve it?
To achieve those goals in 5 years or whatever timescale you decide, where would each of those criteria need to be after 4 years, 3 years, 2 years and 12-months from now? So now we have a road-map and we can plan how we are going to get to that first 12-month staging post.
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Planning – Stay On Track
The best plans are simple plans – it doesn’t have to be War and Peace. Some of the biggest plans we have seen collect the most dust.
Good plans are developed over time, keep coming back to it, add lines you forgot, change due dates. Start with the headings, break them down into tasks and then break down again into steps. Be realistic about timings and get buy-in from anyone else allocated tasks. Pull it out of the drawer at least weekly and see where you are.
As I sit here writing this, I look out onto my front garden. The view is of beautiful pink Hydrangeas and lots of lavender in full bloom. It is just how I foresaw it to be years ago when I planted them. I am just grateful I made the effort when I did, as now I am reaping the rewards. Most businesses are capable of growth, but that usually won’t happen without a vision and without a plan. If you want to enjoy the fruits of your labour in the future start planting now.
What’s the best day to start writing a plan? Today.