A few days ago I posted on my LinkedIn profile that I was working on our next 13-week business plan. It was my regular Monday morning update but sparked a lot more interest and engagement than anything I’d posted before. People were fascinated by the idea of a 13-week business plan and wanted to know more.
While 13-week business plans aren’t new, we’ve been working on a simple way to integrate everything a business needs for prosperity, and know it comes down to the successful management of three Ps – purpose, people and processes.
A business without a purpose is like a ship without a captain – you will have no clear direction or leadership. Purpose is a congruent vision of why your business exists, which allows you to define what the future should look like. Everyone in your company should understand your purpose and their part in successfully delivering it. Are you clear on your purpose?
Just as a ship is nothing without a captain, it can go nowhere without a crew. Your people are not minions; they are not simply a means to produce your widgets or delivering your services. Treated well and harnessed correctly they are a powerful force with the ability not only to deliver your purpose, but magnify it many times over.
A business’s processes are the engine of the ship; they are the things that take you from your starting place to the safe harbour of your destination. When finely tuned and run by a competent crew they can deliver predictable, manageable success and growth, ensuring your clients are delighted every time.
Supporting the three Ps
I know I’ve made it sound simple, but as with many things, the complexity is not in the theory, but in the practice of getting it right. Underpinning our 3Ps are 12 core routines, inspired by our continuous improvement background in large corporations.
Having defined and reviewed our 3Ps, a 13-week business plan simply brings clarity to the steps we need to take next and the targets we should be able to meet.
If you’re interested in talking about your 3Ps or help with developing a 13-week business plan, get in touch by calling us on 07885488716