Why Do I Need a Business Plan for My Department? (#10 in Business Planning Series)

A business plan is absolutely necessary for a new business or for gaining finances. However, a business plan, such as The One Page Business Plan®, can be beneficial for team and department leaders too. The art of leadership, developing plans, and executing them is a trickle down model.  Once the organizational plan is complete, all of the departments […]

What is your business North Star? (#9 in Business Planning Series)

Pat is a new CEO of a $200 Million spin out from one of the Fortune 50.  The pressure is on to show progress and value to investors and Pat is up to the challenge.  Pat immediately challenges the leadership to cut costs and show a higher profit to please investors.  The problem is the […]

Strategy, Strategy, Strategy (#7 in Business Planning Series)

There are a multitude of strategic planning tools and consultants, and the terms ‘strategy’ and ‘strategic’ have become overused much like the word ‘quality’ in the 1980’s. It’s important to understand that there have been numerous definitions of Vision, Mission and Strategic Plans, and that if you asked twenty people their thoughts about those terms, […]

Grace and Pace

How often do you think about the pace of your life? I was at a church function last Sunday to send off our intern who just finished a year with our congregation to gain practical pastoral experience. The parish hall was decorated with pictures and words. Our pastor noticed that the ‘E’ in ‘PEACE’ had […]