Using this approach, I led a large organization to 400% top-line improvement in a flat, saturated market – profitably growing the business to well over $80 million with over 700 employees at 8 location in 5 states.
Even more amazing, because this approach kept us well organized and focused, I was able to effectively lead from a remote location, rather than spend all of my waking hours in the office, allowing me to enjoy more of the simple pleasures in life – like spending more time with the kids.
This experience led to writing the book, Business is ART, describing the approach, and, ultimately, to the development of Plan Canvas, making following it even simpler.
When Chrysler gave us a deadline to submit an actionable plan for meeting dealership targets, we used the Plan Canvas approach to develop it.
Although there was a lot more “thinking time” involved, it took us less than 10 hours to create a long-term Strategic Plan and a short-term Business Plan.
Chrysler accepted them on the very first submission – no hesitation, no edits.
Within the first month of managing to the plans, we met our targets for the first time in 13 months. This was no coincidence. The difference was how we focused on achieving goals and objectives rather than hoping something good would happen.
Lance White – Former Manager, White’s Chrysler Dodge Jeep and Ram
My husband, Lance, and I were anxious to launch. As a creative type, I just wanted to get down to creating. But we weren’t just launching a business, we were building something that would give us more quality time with our daughters. We wanted to do it right. Lance had successfully used the Plan Canvas approach in another role, so we decided to use it before launching FRW.
It helped us think through things like our true vision and mission, our target markets, and our staffing needs. It also allowed us to set and focus on immediate income targets. As a result, our launch went smoothly and we are achieving more, more quickly, than we thought we would.
Julie White – Co-Founder, FRW Studios
My team and I ultimately decided not to launch a new business, but I enjoyed Plan Canvas for a few reasons:
Anastasia Button – Author, Coach, Speaker