Success doesn’t just happen. You have to make it. But first, you have to define what it is.
A note from Jon Umstead:
Plan Canvas is great for startups but it was built with the operations/organization leader in mind – that was the perspective I was coming from when Business is ART was written, and the book subsequently became the impetus for the Plan Canvas software.
Prior to writing the book, my career revolved largely around project planning and management, business planning and management, strategic planning and management, and operational/organizational leadership. In almost every role, it was about planning for success and focusing on execution.
Not one or the other – both!
Plans are worthless. Planning is everything.
I learned very quickly what Dwight D. Eisenhower meant when he said, “Plans are worthless. Planning is everything.”
You can’t just get out there and start executing without a plan if you want to have any measure of success. There are exceptions. You might get lucky. Odds are you won’t.
You can’t devise a plan, set it aside, and start executing like the planning process never happened. That is only slightly better than not planning at all. It’s like buying 10 lottery tickets instead of 1. You increased your odds a little bit, but they are still really bad.
Likewise, you can’t execute to the plan so rigidly that you ignore reality. That is a recipe for disaster – perhaps worse than having no plan at all. Change happens constantly. You and your plans have to change right along with it.
Begin with the end in mind
Planning isn’t just a means to get a loan or attract investors. It’s a method of defining what success means to you and your new business. Beginning with the end in mind. From there, you walk backwards to develop a plan that will get you to your destination.
The plan itself is a best-case scenario given your present understanding of the circumstances and assessment of the risks involved.
“If all goes according to plan, victory is ours!”
But you know without a doubt you missed something, underestimated something, or that you will get blindsided by something that is outside of your control. It’s going to happen. Things won’t go according to plan.
But because you had a plan in the first place, you are aware of alternate routes. You can respond without panicking.
Act tactically – think strategically – get going
And, most importantly, you can act tactically while thinking strategically. You deal in the heat of the moment while keeping your eye on the prize – your definition of success.
Plan Canvas has an all new user interface and a completely redesigned dashboard to show you where you are in the planning process AND how you are executing.
For information and to get started, click on the statement that defines you best: