are plans useless?

Good advice from GEN Eisenhower – his quote captures the reality that as soon as plans make “first contact” with reality, they immediately change and may quickly become irrelevant. However, a good planning process prepares you to deal more effectively with the unexpected obstacles or opportunities while still maintaining focus on your mission or objective. So, don’t… Read More

Business Model You

Good Friday morning to you! I hope you have a great end to your week. In the past I have posted about the Business Model Canvas which is a one-page tool for developing your business model. That tool has also been adapted into the Business Model You which is a great tool for drawing your own… Read More

Are you Squandering Your Most Productive Time of Day?

Good morning from a snowy southwest Michigan!  Our family had a fun time this weekend at the Ice Festival in our little town.  Did not have many of those down South!! Question for you – how are you spending the first part of the day at work?  What is your focus?  For most of us,… Read More

Twelve Questions That Could Improve Your Team’s Decision Making

Biases can and do distort our reasoning – especially when making important decisions.  Things such as confirmation bias, anchoring, loss aversion, and etc.  These cognitive biases and others have the potential for distorting our judgment. In an article in the Harvard Business Review, “Before You Make That Big Decision . . .” the authors suggest… Read More

The Plan is Useless, But Planning is Everything

A paradox – seemingly. General of the Army, Dwight D. Eisenhower, the man who orchestrated the most massive invasion in the world’s history, has this to say about planning: “In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Now why would he say that? That statement is key for those of… Read More