Thanks for closing the Q on time and even squeaking in those last few orders on Friday afternoon before the closing bell ! This morning, whatever the number was, it feels good to have the wind at your back and a new page open to a new week, a new month and a new quarter ! Still lots of room between now and the end of December.
Lots happening this week...
- For the firm, it's end of the month and end of the quarter-just like our customers, we're scrambling
- Sales are strong, but we're always looking for more
- Added John Routhier as a senior partner...wicked strong background in sales and marketing
- Personally feeling superb and just started jogging...well, kind of jogging
- ...and this week, I just completed my annual MGH checkups from my PCP, cardiologist and other specialists. Back to back days, multiple tests...over and done with. All good!
It's such a privilege to live in cities like Boston, New York, Dallas, and many others where one has such an incredible concentration of excellent, world-class healthcare. After a couple of "situations" during the last couple of years, it's very reassuring to know from my buddies at MGH that everything on the health front is A-OK!
We all live in very time-consuming and high-pressure environments working very hard to balance our careers and personal lives, so having the quiet knowledge that everything is A-OK medically is more than a little comforting.
As a result of all of this personal process of questioning, probing, listening and testing, I thought that I would do the same with the business, which led to us sitting down this week to analytically take a snapshot of the business
Every time I actually think about the fact that I'm a Professor of the Practice at Tufts, where I teach Marketing and Sales, I need to stop, take a breath and realize that I have the best of all possible jobs.
Thanks very much for the comments and ideas from last week's blog post on "The (first) Five Rules". As promised, here are the remaining five. It may well be that you have your own, so let me and our readers know about your ideas by commenting below...
'Tis the Season...
Well, not really THE season, but it is...
The Business Planning Season for working on, discussing, talking through, arguing about and spreadsheeting over and over again various strategic business plans, tactical department plans and the ever-important sales and marketing activity plans.
Ultimately, every sales account plan, every marketing strategy and activity plan, every hiring plan, financial plan and product development plan will roll up to be your company's 2016 business plan. Perfect in its creation and, somewhat by definition of what it is-a plan after all-flawed in its forecasted end points. My own rule of thumb is that if the plan was met perfectly an entire 12-14 months later from its creation, then the management team probably didn't stretch themselves far enough.
Another good concept to carry into this business and sales planning season are the quotes from Eisenhower and Patton who both noted that the planning process itself is much more important than the actual plan that results
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Superb weekend last weekend and clearly fall is in the air!
The Corvette took me out for a drive to Vermont the weekend before, and the back roads were already packed with buses from Indiana and Ohio filled with Leaf-Peepers. This is the season when The Boys on the Bench down at the Winhall General Store in the town where I live (population 647) are thinking long and hard about how to squeeze in their deer hunting trips before the first sightings of the New York City and Jersey skiers appear with their long lists of well-paying jobs that need to be done the hill opens at Thanksgiving.
Trust that you finished the month on Plan and are now racing toward the all-important end of the quarter. I always enjoy this second quarter since it's that perfect time of year to...
“Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.” -Mike Tyson
If your last image of Iron Mike chewing off the ear of Evander Holyfield was a bit too graphic, then maybe some of the following highly positive quotes might be more representative of the reasons for careful planning...just so that you don't get punched in the face.