When did you last review your firm’s strategy, discuss it with those who will help you deliver it or even think about why you’re doing it? Having goals, even well written ones, does not mean you will succeed, despite what you’re told! If it’s time to quickly review your strategy, and focus on implementing it? – here are four ideas to help. Success is a habit, and that means using strategy implementation habits.
How many times do you hear people telling you that you can’t do something? Perhaps it’s the negativity of the modern world, but it seems to be more prevalent than ever. How then is one meant to get on and implement a strategy that makes sense, let alone get your team to develop strategy implementation habits?
Strategy implementation habits
Let’s take the elements of the old saying and do a quick review of what’s in your way.
- Can’ts: The things you’re being told (perhaps by your team) that you can’t do. Don’t get bogged down in the negativity of that but use them as a great way to test your assumptions. Write down the reasons why you believe that an idea won’t work, test those assumptions and start brainstorming ways to bring it to fruition – using your team.
- Cans: There are some things that you are good at – you know you are. What do your team think your firm is good at? What do your clients think you’re good at? Rather than forgetting these as you build your future, make sure you include them.
- Dreams: OK, dreams don’t you anywhere, but your dreams can help you (and your team) get going. Have you thought about what you want for you, for your firm and what it means to your team? How about sharing these with the team, along with discussing your values, as you let them get enthused by them and even add to them.
- Plans: Don’t start a great long planning document; rip it up if you feel the urge to write one. Focus on a simple one page template which lists your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats; then identifies where you’re going, along with the current focus. Download our free guide to simple business planning, it's free and waiting for you to download right now. Click here for instant access (email address required).
A quick challenge for you
Get that current focus into five words; now ensure your whole team are working on those three words. If not, your strategy is a waste of time.
Daily habits make the difference.
Think in terms of the habits you each need to put into place, every day, in order to deliver those three words and keep testing yourself on them. What are the things you need to do, regularly, in order to get what you want. “Getting new clients” is not a thing you do, try instead thinking about the things you do in order to get the clients. Can you make them a habit? If so, would a simple checklist help?
What are you doing to drive your firm forwards, or are you happy with where you are (and know how you’ll stay there)?
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