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Meet My Friend, Strategic Planning Written by Jana Beals, December 2020     Let’s talk about strategic planning, and put it into a less intimidating  context for everyone. We are going to take a brief look at steps in a  business strategy process, and then insert actions you already take.  You’ll see how you are already strategically planning, and probably  doing a bang-up job of it! Ok, ready? There are essentially 5 steps in preparing a business strategy for execution:       1.      Defining the mission/vision/values 2.    Forming business hypothesis and strategy 3.    Mapped out strategy descriptions 4.    Strategy alignment 5 .    Strategy execution  But   what does that mean? 1.      What is your mission, what do you see coming from your mission, and what do you value? Top-notch service at an affordable price. 2.    Research; gather information, and map out the cause(s) and effect(s). If this, then that. 3.   
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You’ve Improved – Now What? Written by Jana Beals, November 2020     You have spent serious time on self-improvement, you’re pumped at the way you’ve improved communication skills, you wake up early to read and exercise, and you even put $5 in the vacation jar every day instead of buying that latte. Good job! Not everyone has come as far as you, and you should feel really good about yourself! Now – what are you going to do next?! You want to keep your momentum alive and growing, but in what way? Well, if you work for yourself you may want to channel your “new and improved” energy into developing new clients or new products to add to your lineup. You may want to improve your work environment to reflect the new you! Organize differently to capture priorities. Go ahead and weed through your office d├ęcor and donate what doesn’t align with the new you. If you are a company’s employee, what does the new you want to do? Think a
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Building Habits for Personal Success By Jana Beals, October 17, 2020    Last post focused on the importance of creating and building a solid foundation on which you can build personal and professional success. This post, let’s touch on habits that increase your personal and professional capital.  Habits tend to take at least twenty-one days to build, sometimes more, so don’t worry if you miss a day or don’t do so well on something. Stick with it for at least twenty-one days. You’ll be surprised at how much your self-esteem has risen, and that’s just the start! Let’s explore! Cultivate good manners What?! Ever seen presentations where the speaker addresses the audience as “you guys” and then forgets to thank the audience for their time. Ever seen people chew with their mouths open at a business lunch? Not good! Ever been interrupted while trying to make a point. Rude! When communicating, there are a few basics: know your au