Finding the time to update our business strategy and produce an action plan to deliver the outcomes needed is always hard, even if we all know it needs doing. Every time something important but not urgent comes up my mind goes back to Stephen Covey’s explanation of President Eisenhower’s planning principle;
Not Urgent and Not Important – the things that add little or no value but distract us
Urgent but Not Important – the things that are urgent for someone else but not important for us
Urgent and important – the things absolutely needed to fulfill our function
Important but Not Urgent – vital things – but not required today. This sector is often referred to as ‘The Zone’.
Organising workload and time to be able to focus on the Zone is often what makes a difference to the longer term performance of our teams, the service we provide to our customers and ultimately to the attainment of our own goals. Strategic planning is a key Zone activity, the Balanced Scorecard Institute define it very well:
“Strategic planning is an organizational management activity that is used to set priorities, focus energy and resources, strengthen operations, ensure that employees and other stakeholders are working toward common goals, establish agreement around intended outcomes/results, and assess and adjust the organization’s direction in response to a changing environment. It is a disciplined effort that produces fundamental decisions and actions that shape and guide what an organization is, who it serves, what it does, and why it does it, with a focus on the future. Effective strategic planning articulates not only where an organization is going and the actions needed to make progress, but also how we will know if it is successful”
In-depth knowledge of exactly what is going on within the business – through the entire range of suppliers, all staff and internal activity and meeting customer’s needs is pretty vital to good strategic planning as it is to managing the development actions.
This is where Afinitis Intelligence can be invaluable. Designed to automatically assess a huge range of vital activity over a two year period and completely updated every day Afinitis Intelligence takes raw data from your business to provide you with unique insights. It then goes much further showing the probable priorities and gives pathways for you to follow. If you want expert support can be provided to help at every step.
From the first day you have a simple to use but incredibly comprehensive Business Performance System that can be compared with the best of car navigations driver aids – who would travel across major cities without one of those these days?
With over 2500 built in perspectives ready to use and the ability to instantly dig right down into detailed analysis Afinitis Intelligence provides meaningful knowledge to help you truly understand your start point. Afinitis Intelligence then enables you to track your progress in real time against the outcomes you need to achieve your strategy and plan. The time saving and instant visibility you get is outstanding. For many businesses this will give an instant step change, allowing control of the inputs and giving much greater certainty to the results. Afinitis Intelligence uses your existing financial, operational where available internet data then automatically and applies thousands of calculations and comparisons using decades of experience and understanding of those input measures that drive business performance to give you what you need to lead the business.
Afinitis Intelligence helps you move forward with certainty, it also saves you time and usually releases 10 to 15% of cash tied up in the business. What would you use that for right now?
To find out more about how Afinitis Intelligence could help your business call 0844 542 0888 or email email@example.com to find out more and arrange a free demonstration.
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