14 Sep

The Simple Business Plan – Your Business Scorecard

I am certain you have heard the expression, “you can’t manage it if you don’t measure it.”  Some will tell you that in business, you can’t measure everything; that isn’t true as you can measure what is important and what adds value.  As you develop your Simple Business Plan, you will need to ensure that it adds value.  To do that you will also need to develop a Business Scorecard.

What exactly is a Business Scorecard?

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12 Sep

Challenges of Workforce Planning

Our fifth installment of Developing a Workforce Plan involves Challenges.  Businesses do not just decide to have a Workforce Plan, discuss it, and it happens.  There are unique and expected Challenges of Workforce Planning that you will face when establishing a workforce plan that adds value.  These challenges, if not addressed and overcome fully in the process, will doom your Workforce Plan before it ever starts.

What are the Challenges of Workforce Planning?

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07 Sep

The Simple Business Plan – People

People.  Without People, you have no business.  You can’t provide or make your services or products.  Planning for your people is more than just saying, “I need people, workers, employees.”  Making people part of your Simple Business Plan is a significant step in ensuring you have the right people.

Who or what are the right people?

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05 Sep

Developing an Action Plan For Your Workforce Planning

In the Fourth Article in the Workforce Planning Series; Developing an Action Plan for your Workforce Planning involves considering its purpose.  Workforce Planning is significantly more than just filling open vacancies and keeping warm bodies in positions.  It involves this simple formula:

High Performing Workforce = Employees’ Knowledge + Skills + Experience + Initiative

You didn’t think you had to do math, did you?  In reality, it is less math than it is understanding the relationship between different elements of Workforce Planning.  The goal when Developing an Action Plan for your Workforce Planning is to achieve high performance from the workforce.  Not “meets expectations” but HIGH PERFORMANCE.

How can your action plan develop HIGH PERFORMANCE from your Workforce?

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31 Aug

The Simple Business Plan – Marketing Strategy

Your Marketing Strategy is how you’ll sell your product and services as well as to whom.  You’ll have to define your ideal customer and in doing so also identify who is not your customer.  A common marketing problem for a business is that it tries to be all things to all people.  You’ll need to develop a sharp focus on exactly who your customers are and align that with what make or provide.  This will ensure that your sales are focused on the right things resulting in more sales.

How do you accomplish this?

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