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A Good Plan Violently Executed Today is better than a perfect plan next week

Building a business plan is not a new idea. We can easily get a template off the internet, have a series of meetings, build a few spreadsheets and boom you have a strategic plan. And it really could be the greatest plan of all time. But without execution it is just an untested document of dreams, numbers and wasted effort.
You’ve had your strategic planning weekend at a flash resort and everyone had a nice time. You had some meetings in the conference room and agreed on the best path forwards. And then you went back to work and over the ensuing months, nothing really happened. So a good plan went begging because of poor execution.
How many times has this happened in your business? Don’t kid yourself. LOTS !!!
At the Outback School of Business your strategic business plan and a detailed execution plan are built together, off site, over three consecutive days, using one piece of specialist software. The strategic initiatives you select will be backed up by tasks and cost estimates, the sum of which fulfill the goal. And your management team is all there to collaborate without distraction. Your production manager may identify machinery and people costs, your systems manager may identify hardware upgrades or your marketing manager may need advertising dollars. These all cost money and need to be matched up to the projected revenue or cost savings AT THE SAME TIME. Because if you build a plan in the solitude of your office and then “circulate” if for “feedback” you are just dragging things out. You end up with lots of different drafts, lots of wasted time and sadly no effective plan.
So go bush with the Outback School of Business and build a strategic plan backed by an execution program. When that is done, just like George Patton, you should “violently execute the plan”.

Andrew Poots
About the author

I grew up in a small town called Clermont in Central Queensland, went to boarding school from 13, went to uni and became an accountant. I did my time, got married, had kids and went into business for myself and did OK. I built a business from nil to $5M in revenue with an EBIT of $1.5M with 25 staff and 6,000 clients. Then after 25 years of working I bought a cattle station in Western Queensland to get back into something I was missing. Everyone thought I was mad. Having a mid life crisis etc. Cattle, horses, fencing, hats and boots. I realised that I had been masquerading as a city boy when I was actually a country boy. The romance, the rugged lifestyle and the people were always appealing to me and I wanted more of it and this adventure continues today.

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