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When To Follow Advice And When Not To

Posted on: November 24th, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

This is a tricky topic for me to cover. After all, much of my business is in giving advice to others, whether as a lawyer, as a business strategist, or as a speaker. So I’m conflicted when I have to talk to others about when to take advice. But I think I’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way for myself about when to take advice from others and when not to take advice and I think we can learn some certain themes and lessons.When do you take advice?

#1 Is the person truly an expert? This should be your first question. Do they have expertise in the area they’re providing advice? It doesn’t mean they have to have books published on it. It doesn’t mean they have to be out speaking about the topic. Have they demonstrated expertise in the area? Have they built a business based on what they’re teaching you? Have they had success in the marketplace? Determine whether they’re an expert or whether they’re just somebody who’s repeating the advice of an expert or whether they’re somebody who hopes to be an expert one day. That’s your first line of defense: is the person an expert?

#2 Will the advice transfer to your business? A lot of times there’s advice that’s great for one type of business but it’s completely meaningless for a different type of business. The two do not interact well with each other. What works in one industry doesn’t necessarily work in another industry so we want to evaluate the advice on that basis.

#3 Is the advice authentic? Did the person giving the advice really listen to you? Do they truly understand you or are you getting generic advice? You want to make sure you’re getting advice that really works for you and your business.

#4 What is your gut? Do you think the advice really applies to your business? Does it feel right? Does it feel like it would work? Does it make sense?

#5 What have other people experiences been with the advice? Has this person advised others? What have they done? How has that worked?

You’re going to get a lot of advice when you’re in business and a lot of it’s going to be conflicting. I hope that these thoughts give you some direction on which advice you should listen to and which advice you shouldn’t listen to.

What’s been your experience? Have you gotten a lot of advice in the course of your business? Have some of it been bad? Join us in the comments below and let us know about your experience.

 

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. FreeImages.com/photographer jaylopez.

 

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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.

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Finding Your Love

Posted on: November 22nd, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

For myself, and many business owners I know, the key to building a successful business is building a tribe. We talked about that in earlier blogs. How do you find this tribe? How do you find people that love what you’re talking about? It’s a matter of learning. It’s an iterative process. If you’re going to build a tribe, if you’re going to build people that love what you are and who you are, being authentic to yourself, you need to test and experiment. You need to come up with messaging that speaks to them. There’s probably going to be a gap between who you are and the message you need to send to others to portray it. It’s a communication issue because you are communicating who you are in a way that’s authentic to you, but other people interface with the world differently, in a way that’s authentic to them.

What I’m saying is, there’s a balance between being yourself and communicating who you are in a way that others understand. For myself, as my businesses have evolved, I’ve struggled to find that communication. I’ve known who I am and as time has gone on, I’ve become more and more authentic to myself and my business has grown, but I couldn’t always communicate who I am succinctly in a way that made sense to the reader. Recently, after working on it and working on it, I came up with the idea that my message is that I work with successful private business owners in their mission to build companies that stand the test of time.

I was doing a lot of planning. I was working with people on preparation. I had come up with The 3 Laws of Empowerment,  and I had talked a lot about working with partnerships and building businesses that last, but I hadn’t really boiled it down. I was working with Walt Hampton of Micheal Ports Book Yourself Solid, and Walt found this message for me during a workshop. It’s my message, I developed it, he helped me find the words that others would understand and that’s the key.

For many of us, that’s what we need to do. We need to find a message that resonates with others that communicates who we are. As we work with others, as we talk, and sometimes these need to be longer conversations, we’ll start finding themes that work and eventually, with enough iteration, enough different messages, enough different tries of communicating authentically who you are, you’re going to come up with a way to communicate in a way that everybody understands. Keep trying at it. Keep working at it. Understand it’s a process. Keep bringing smart individuals into your loop and talk about the message and eventually, you will find the message that pigeonholes who you are.

What’s been your experience with this? Have you found your message? What identifies you? Join us in the comments below.

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. FreeImages.com/photographer Brith-Marie Warn.

 

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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.

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Build Your Team

Posted on: November 22nd, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

R. Shawn McBride recently spoke about building your team, so you can do more.

Hey folks, Shawn here with you, talking about an underlying principle which we should all be using in our business which is to build our team. We need to be working on building our teams.

As we become business owners and as we progress and as we’re doing more, at some point we need to stop and build the team. That is where the capability is going to come from. We only have so many hours in a day. We can only do so much. But our team can be expanded and they can do the things they’re great at which gives us unlimited capabilities to expand, as makes economic sense. So we need to stop and take the time to build them.

We need to get them doing the things they want to do, the way they want to do them and really build a company around them. Sure, there are certain business functions that need to get done and everybody’s got to pitch in and get them done. Not everybody’s going to be able to do everything they want every moment.

But over time we should build an organization where people can focus more on what they want to do and more on what they want to build. Then we want to work with individuals to build their skills and abilities and get a bigger organization. That’s what I’m talking about today is how do we build better teams? How do we do more? It’s something that we all should be thinking about is building the team. Constantly, how do we build the team? Even if you’re only one owner right now and you’re looking to your future, how do you build a team? What pieces can you delegate? How does that team progress over time? Think constantly about it and you’re going to see amazing results. Build those teams.

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Pixabay.com/photographer geralt.

 

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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.

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Speaking to Your Tribe, Finding Your Target Audience

Posted on: November 21st, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

I think one of the big mistakes that a lot of businesses make is they try to speak to everyone. They try to talk to all kinds of different parties, rather than speaking to the people that truly get them. The journey of my career has led me into doing professional speaking, while still providing attorney services and also business strategy. On the speaking journey, it’s been very interesting and I’ve gotten to meet a lot of speakers, and speakers are often great experts at communication.

I spend a lot of time and attention understanding dynamics, how people work together and how to communicate. An interesting point has come up from a lot of the speakers that are applicable to a much broader business audience than just the speaking world. A lot of speakers will talk about speaking to their audience, about how when they’re giving a speech, even to a room of hundreds of people, they might only be connecting with a handful. After all, we’re moving to an age of mass communications that are highly individualized. There are channels for all kinds of different interests, and now with the internet, there are internet web pages and different delivery systems to where you hit very very small markets. So when you’re speaking to a large room, in actuality you might only be speaking to a handful of people, people that are members of your tribe, people that get your message, and you want to tailor your message to speak to those people because that’s where your synergies is, that’s who you can serve and that’s who you get along with.

It’s great to try and get a standing ovation from an entire room and maybe once in a while you capture lightning in a bottle because you get the right audience and the right situation and you super connect with them. But many times in today’s day and age, when you’re speaking to a large group of people, you’re going to connect with some better than others.

Who’s your tribe? How is your message tailored to them? You need to think in terms of who are you serving and how you get the message to them and then, in the best of all worlds, you speak at conferences and events who service customer bases in the broader business sense that match what you do extremely well.

What’s been your experience with your business? Have you found your niche your business? Are you truly speaking to your tribe? Join us in the comments below.

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Freeimages.com/photographer Brad Harrison. 

 

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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.

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Your Board Members, Where are They Hiding?

Posted on: November 21st, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

If you followed my blog and my teachings in my book, Business Blunders, www.mcbridebook.com, you’ve probably learned that I’m a big fan of boards, and not just for big companies – for companies of all sizes. I really think the diversity of advice, differential input, and clarity to decision making that a board, regardless of formality, can add to a company.

One stumbling block for a lot of entrepreneurs and a lot of growing businesses is where do I find board members? How do I build a board of directors?

Your board of directors is probably hiding under your nose. You probably met some of your directors before. Maybe you were in a business development program like the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program, which I highly recommend. Maybe there are other business owners in your community you’ve worked with. Maybe there are other businesses that you’ve kept in touch with over the years. They could even possibly be customers or vendors. There’s a lot of ways you can generate possible members from your board of directors without even going into a formal search. You could, of course, do a board member search.

There’s a lot of business executives that are interested in being on a board of directors and might jump at the opportunity, so you can go to a search firm and search for a board of directors. You could also ask around in your community. I think the key here is not to overthink the board of directors process. You want quality business people. You want diversity of thought. You possibly want different industries weighing in. You want everyone to have a forum where they can express themselves. That’s the start of a great board of directors and that doesn’t require that you do an extensive research or have a competitive bidding process. It simply means you start the foundation of the board. Once the board evolves, as things go, as you learn more, you may wish to tailor your board and change things, but a key to this process is starting, and to look at who you already know and where you’re already at and build your board from there.

What’s been your thoughts on having a board of directors? How have you worked through the process? Are you growing your business with a board of directors? Join us in the comments below.

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Freeimages.com/photographer Hans Guther-Dreyer. 

 

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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.

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Investing in Yourself, Have You Taken the Leap of Faith?

Posted on: November 20th, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

I work with a lot of successful people and as my success has grown I’ve encountered more and more successful people and there seems to be one common theme among successful people. They invest in themselves. They believe in themselves and they make themselves better. I have to thank my friend Matthew Newburger of Newburger Rankel,  for telling me and making me appreciate that most company’s most valuable asset is engaged employees. Not all employees, but engaged employees. Matthew got that and for entrepreneurs, the most valuable assets is usually an engaged business owner, an engaged entrepreneur that’s looking for opportunities, that’s growing, that’s building the business, but how do you get engages? How do you know where to focus your attention? How do you know where to build your business?

I think the answer comes with training and development. We’ve talked in other blogs about building a team, and we’ve talked about how we can do more as a group than we can individually. The question becomes, how do you become more powerful as an individual? How do you become capable of doing the things you need to do? It’s usually by making investments in yourself. Training of all sorts, whether it’s a broad based training that helps you understand business or very specialized training in areas where you may have a need for development. These learnings can pay long-term dividends because as you become more and more educated and more and more capable, your value increases and you can reap those dividends for many, many years.

It’s cliché to say that the best investment you can make is an investment in yourself. But truly, if you’re developing skills, if you’re developing knowledge, if you’re developing expertise, you’re creating something to be used again and again and again for many years and can pay super long-term dividends. On a cumulative basis if you bring all this knowledge and all this expertise together you’ll be able to do something that other people can’t do and that’s creating economic value that other people can’t touch.

What are your thoughts on investing in yourself? What’s been your philosophy on making investments and becoming better? Join us in the comments below.

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Freeimages.com/photographer Vera Bernard. 

 

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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.

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Why You? Why Would I Do Business With You?

Posted on: November 20th, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

One of the fundamental questions in business is why your business? What makes you different? We’re moving into a very niche market world. A lot of specialists out there and now more and more we’re coming to what some people call an on demand economy, as recognized by author Dan Pink. People are picking the people they need for the situations they need. Big corporations are bringing in specialized people to do particularized tasks, to do particularized training. They’re not building everything in house. People are getting very comfortable with buying the resources they need on an on demand basis.

This means a lot of smaller and medium sized independent businesses, which might be servicing huge businesses or making their money directly from their consumer base. An important question becomes why you? What makes you different? What is your niche? How are you communicating it?

I’ve been shocked over the years by going to events and asking people what makes them different and they can’t come up with much. Less and less is it able to be geography. I’m the IT guy in this portion of Dallas or I’m the attorney in this portion of Baltimore. You need to have something more. People are looking broader. They’re fine with using the telephone and e-mail but they want to get somebody who’s really great at what they do. So you need to think about your value proposition and what uniquely positions you.

My businesses focus on successful private business owners that have the desire to build companies that stand the test of time. We do that with planning and preparation and protection. Using the elements of The 3 Laws of Empowerment, I’ve come up with a service that’s needed, a market niche that needs it, and a way of communicating it, and a very unique framework for implementing it. That is why we have become more successful over time because people see who we are and they get who we are.

How are people seeing who you are? How are they getting what you do? How are they understanding your business? Think about it. Join us in the comments below.

 

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Pixabay.com Photographer engvall.

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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.

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You Can’t Please Everyone, So Don’t Worry About It

Posted on: November 18th, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

R. Shawn McBride recently spoke about not worrying about pleasing everyone.

Hey folks, Shawn here with you. I’ve got some good news and some bad news. The bad news is, you can’t please everybody, and that’s going to disappoint some of you. The good news is, you don’t need to.

You don’t have to make everyone happy. You need to talk to your tribe. And you don’t even need the tribe to make everyone happy. What you want to do is be spreading your message, in your way, that’s authentic, with your expertise, knowledge, products, service, etc. Whatever makes your business top in its category, in its niche, in its market segment, whatever makes you best, you need to be communicating that with folks. Pleasing those folks. Talking to that tribe. And then let all the other pieces fall where they may. Because you’re not going to please everybody.

In fact, you’ll probably have people get upset with you. You’ll say things a certain way, you’ll be offering something that they want differently, and they’ll want you to change your business model for it. You’ve got to be strong here, and you say no. And you let that prospect walk away. You let that potential customer walk away. You walk away from that customer you’ve been trying to please that doesn’t fit your core segment, for a long time. The key is to understand you’re not going to please everybody. And now you have a free pass. You don’t have to. You have my permission to not please everybody. You have my permission to focus on the core of your business, those that love you.

You really want a motivated and engaged tribe. People that think you’re fantastic. They’re out there spreading your word. They’re telling everybody, at every opportunity, about how great you are. And they need your help, and they need to join your team. They want your product, your service, your insights. They need you. That’s what you want. Don’t please everybody. You now have my permission to say, no. If your team’s struggling with this, if your business maybe has some people that are trying to super please, they’re not focused enough.

Would love to come in there and talk, we’ll do some training. Build a keynote around it. Check me out at YourBusinessSpeaker.com. Great videos at R. Shawn McBride Fans and Audiences. Go over to that page, like it, check out all the videos. Engage in the community, work with us. Let us know what your issues are, and let’s build some content. Let’s help each other to get to the next level of business.

McBride for Business YouTube channel has great videos for you. There’s a business evaluation checklist which can help you really step your business up, over at McBrideForBusiness.com. Go over there, download it, and let me know how I can help you. Can I come in and do some training? Can I do some coaching? Maybe speak at your next event? Send my name over to that meeting planner of that next conference you’re going to, that really needs this type of information. Let’s get a conversation started. Let’s step things up to the next level. I’m here for you. I want to challenge your thinking. I want you to do more. I’m R. Shawn McBride, and I’m going to be talking to you again very soon. I look forward to it.

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Freeimages.com/photographer Christophe Libert.

 

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R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.

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Getting Booked as a Speaker: Things Going On Behind The Scenes

Posted on: November 17th, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

I’ve worked with a lot of clients over the years. Some percentage of the clients I work with are speakers or other thought leaders. As part of this, in both managing my speaking business, and working with others in their speaking business, we’ve learned a lot about what’s going on behind the scenes. Here are some things going on in the speaking business that you may not be thinking about.

#1 The meeting planners are trying to minimize their risk. The meeting planner has a job to do. They want to put on a quality program and make sure it goes as smoothly as possible. These are very stressful times for the meeting planners. They want to make sure that they’re getting things done correctly, their audience has an amazing time, and they want to come back again. That’s largely how your meeting planners getting a review, so they want to minimize their risk. They want to pick speakers that are safe or they want good, dynamic, interesting speakers, but they also want to make sure it doesn’t blow up, and that’s important. You need to have the right videos on your website, the right referrals, testimonials, and other things to make sure that meeting planner knows that you’re a safe bet.

#2 Bureaus can add credibility. We worked with Betty Garrett at Garrett Speakers International and Wiley and Dunn of and Wiley and Dunn of WCD Enterprisesas speaker agents. When the meeting planners working with a credible agent that has stable quality speakers on board, that meeting planner knows that their risk is lower. The odds of getting a person who’s a complete dud or has a problem is less if they’re working with a bureau who specializes in booking speakers because the bureaus putting their reputation on the line too. That meeting planner usually has a much longer term relationship with bureaus who they may work with over and over again than with speakers who they may work with on a sporadic basis.

#3 You’re not really competing with other speakers. You have a thought, you have an idea, you have your positioning and sure individual conferences need to pick speaker A or speaker B, and they’re only going to vote for one or the other because they have a limited budget and amount of time. However, what you’re really competing on is getting a message that resonates with that conference. Sometimes it’s just a match, but sometimes it’s a matter of communication and making sure that the conference understands how your message can communicate with their needs.

#4 This is a long-term business. Speaking takes time to build a business. I’ve been surprised. As I’ve gotten involved in the speaking industry, it seems simple. You start speaking, people will start referring you to events, and you’ll start speaking more. That has happened to me to some degree, but it takes a long time to build a reputation. It takes a long time to move to higher levels and you need a lot of elements going for you. This is a game of patience. It’s not as simple as walk out there and getting high paying gigs. You’re going to have to build and build and build.

What’s been your experience with the speaking world? Where are you on your journey to becoming a speaker? Have you thought about some of the things going on behind the scenes in the speaking world?

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Freeimages.com/photographer Wemedge.

About the Author

R. Shawn McBride is the Chief Innovation Officer at McBride For Business, LLC. His signature keynote, The 3 Laws of Empowerment, gives audiences an entertaining look at how they can prepare, plan and protect themselves. You can email R. Shawn McBride or (214) 418-0258.

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Are You Allowing Flexibility for the Future in Your Plans?

Posted on: November 17th, 2017 by R. Shawn McBride No Comments

Planning is my thing. I have a passion for planning. A passion that few people share and I talk about planning as one of the central tenants of The 3 Laws of Empowerment. But what I see is too few people build flexibility into their plans. Planning is great. It is a highly recommended exercise and it is of the utmost value and I think businesses that don’t plan, often are planning to fail. It’s that important. You must have plans to succeed, but your plans have to be flexible. You need to recognize reality.

When you’re planning, are you building plans assuming that everything is going to happen? That lightning is going to strike at a certain time, at a certain location, or a certain day? Or are you recognizing the reality of the business world? Those things aren’t going to happen on your schedule. That there’s too much chaos. That there’s too much variability that you have to build plans that recognize that the world evolves and it’s outside of your control.

How are your plans working? Have you run “what if” scenarios? Have you played with different ideas of how things might evolve and how you would have to change conditions to get to where you want to get to? I’d love to hear your thoughts and comments. What has been your experience? What have you done? How are your plans working? Let us know in the comments below.

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This posting is intended to be a tool to familiarize readers with some of the issues discussed herein.  This is not meant to be a comprehensive discussion and additional details should be discussed with your attorneys, accountants, consultants, bankers and other business planners who can provide advice for your circumstances. Each case is unique.  Past results do not guarantee future outcomes. This article should not be treated as legal advice to any person or entity. Freeimages.com/photographer Brad Harrison. 

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