HOW DO YOU EAT AN ELEPHANT?
The myth of long-range planning
From our youth, we’re told we need to have a plan.
That we need to know where we’re going.
That we need to set long-range goals.
And that we need to work towards them.
The problem is this
For the most part.
Long-range goals don’t work.
Now let’s not confuse vision with long-range goals.
A vision is guided by a much deeper drive.
Years back I worked for a successful IT company.
We used the 90 Day Planning Method.
We said to ourselves...
Let’s get rid of the five-year plan.
Let’s get rid of the three-year plan.
Heck, we even got rid of the one-year plan.
And we arrived at this...
Manage the business 90 days at a time
So we did just that.
Every 90 days we’d map out our next 3 months and then go.
And you know what.
We made progress.
Did we need to shift plans sometimes?
But all in all.
90 days at a time worked for us
But it worked for a few reasons.
One. We had a vision.
Two. We were committed.
Three. We were aligned.
Sounds simple but it’s not as easy as one would think.
Managing your business 90 days at a time makes a lot of sense for a small business
Small businesses are dynamic.
They are change engines.
They are fluid.
Think about it.
Managing your business 90 days at a time.
All you need is a vision to anchor on.