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

by Rick Baker
On Jan 19, 2021

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.

An ounce of problem-finding is worth a pound of problem-solving.

by Rick Baker
On Dec 3, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. [an old saying, containing wisdom of the ages]

Q: But how?

A: Thinking ahead, as in planning & risk management. Seek out problems in advance...as a matter of good habit.


The 21st Century - never has risk management been such a vital planning function and [with small-to-big data] never has risk management been such an intriguing planning function.




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

by Rick Baker
On Sep 19, 2020

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 Apr 26, 2020

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

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

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