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Writing a Business Plan: Part 1

Do you find crafting a vision statement for your small business or department a challenging exercise? Many clients I work with find this one of the most difficult aspects of writing a business plan. Part of the reason is that it addresses the concept of WHY. Why we are in business and Why our clients or customers choose us rather than our competitors.

Maximize Your Potential: Build a Sustainable Growth Blueprint

As a small business owner, you may be so caught up in the day-to-day operations of your company that you haven’t had the time or the inclination to create a formal business plan for growth. A business plan is your personalized growth blueprint.

While it’s understandable that you’re focused on keeping your business afloat and managing the daily challenges, having a solid plan for growth is essential for the long-term success of your business.

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Rapid Growth Causes Overwhelm

Rapid growth causes overwhelm, especially for small business owners who haven’t taken the time to plan in advance. They set up their business and start the marketing without any road map for growth. Then as new business opportunities come their way, they step up to meet that demand, until one day they realize they have no…

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Volunteer Burn-Out is a Non-Profit Dilemma

Takeaways: 1) Age demographics and volunteer burn-out are dilemmas for member-based non-profit organizations, 2) Why clear and concise communication is paramount, 3) Why change must be embraced with a revolutionary approach. Member-based non-profits inherently are subject to the dreaded disease of volunteer burn-out. As I scan the world for member-based non-profits and consider their membership…

Simple Planning Model for Small Businesses
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Simple Planning Model for Small Businesses

A while ago I came across an article written by Noah Weiss for Medium.com (Nov. 2014),  which describes a simple planning model he calls #now, #next, #later. In it he discusses a method for smaller businesses and teams to create effective action plans using what he calls “Priority Buckets”. As I read on, I realized…

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Overcoming Planning Mistakes

By Eric A Denniston, Managing Director, Denner Group International, Inc. Takeaways: Overcoming planning mistakes requires some strategic thinking up front to ensure all the possible outcomes and issues have been addressed. A few years ago, I had the opportunity to address a group of folks who were undergoing some community-wide leadership training. I was asked…

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Planning is Dead: A Restaurant Case Study

By Jeri T & Eric A Denniston, Denner Group International   3/24/2013 A Case Study about how lack of planning creates unintended consequences Takeaways: Planning is critical to ensuring your objectives are realized. Lack of planning can cause unintended consequences that affect your outcomes and leave you with less than satisfactory results. Imagine you own a…

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Planning is Dead

By Eric A. Denniston, Managing Director, Denner Group International   3-22-2013  how you think matters when doing business planning Takeaways: Gain clarity in how the type of thinking can affect the outcomes of your work and planning for your business. Get some insight about the importance of skill building in how you think. Haven’t you…

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Why is Business Planning So Difficult?

By Eric A Denniston, Managing Director, Denner Group International 2-20-2-13 Takeaways: Business planning requires strategic thinking and analytical thinking skills. It’s important to understand the difference between the two. Best practices include having clarity about where your business is going, keeping the planning process simple, and involving your staff in the planning. Nearly all small…