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If you cannot see the forest for the trees, you're out on a limb.

by Rick Baker
On Nov 19, 2018

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Few people possess the ability to think strategically while having a solid grasp of the details of the plan. Some people do not know they are out on a limb until they suffer a painful fall. Yes - that's part of the learning experience...as long as they are able to get up after the fall.

100 grams of planning are worth a tonne of excuses.

by Rick Baker
On May 30, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Some things are worthy of forethought.

Some things are worthy of planning.

Some situations can and should be anticipated.



Business Contains Only 3 Things | Business Plan: Writing Plans | Thought Tweets

Problems are inevitable, goals are not. Plan accordingly.

by Rick Baker
On May 18, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

As we do our work, we will always encounter problems.

As we do our work, we will not always achieve goals. 

Throughout our business careers, problems will outnumber achieved goals.

We need to keep that fact in perspective.

If we expend too much energy anticipating [worrying about, planning for] and addressing problems then we will not have enough energy left to achieve goals.

As we plan how our energy will be used we must make sure we allocate enough energy for focusing on goals.

We should make meetings so laborious people choose to do the work between them over presenting excuses during them.

by Rick Baker
On May 10, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of excuses.

Anticipate Situations.


Choose Planning [as the saying goes, failing to plan is planning to fail]

by Rick Baker
On May 4, 2017

Strategic Planning does not have to be a frustrating, time-consuming, or boring process.

A quality strategic plan does not have to be lengthy.

After all, the real value of planning lies in 3 areas:

  1. the positive things people gain as they experience the process of the planning,
  2. the focusing of thought on efforts/action and goals/results, and
  3. the focusing of action people must take toward desired goals.

To accomplish (1) the process must be enjoyable, thought-provoking, open-minded and laced with active communication.

To accomplish (2) the process must be inspired and influenced by leaders' vision.

To accomplish (3) the strategies and tactics must be ‘user-friendly’, ideally ‘user-magnetic’.


PS: Many years ago, we designed the BIG PICTURE strategic planning process to simplify the presentation of plans in a 1-page summary. 


Business Plan: Writing Plans

If you are spending too much time fighting fires at work, your career is getting doused.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 19, 2017

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

The economy would get a serious boost if 10% of business people would apply the 80/20 Rule and spend more time doing work directly linked to building value [planning the work and working the plan] and less time fighting fires.

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