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Dream Big Part II

Michael Roman - Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Guest Blog by David Shavzin

"The nicest thing about NOT planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise, rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression."

  ~ Sir John Henry James


When Mike mentioned Neil deGrasse Tyson’s videos on YouTube (“We Stopped Dreaming Part 1” and “We Stopped Dreaming Part 2”), we started discussing this in the context of what we see in our consulting practices. As Mike states in his blog, an ERP system is all about "helping people in different departments of an organization come together to manage the business better..." Leadership commitment to an ERP implementation is key to success. A dream and bold steps are essential to staying ahead of the competition.

That dream, or bold leadership, of the executive team or owners of the business needs to be clearly communicated. For most businesses that should include an exit strategy. Maybe it is to retire by a certain date? Is it to sell the business for a certain amount of money so that you can buy that beachfront property? Is it to let others take over as you still nurture the business you created?

The problem with not having a dream - and not creating a plan - is that you will never get there. They go hand in hand. One of my favorite quotes:

"Vision without Action is a Daydream. Action Without Vision is a Nightmare."

 ~ Japanese proverb

Most of the business owners I know started out with some kind of dream. I am sure you did. In fact, I am sure you still do, even if it is just in the back of your mind as you manage the day-to-day fires, the economy, the competition and more. If you cannot clearly articulate the dream and/or if you cannot honestly say that everything you are doing day in and day out within the company is specifically going to get you one step closer to realizing that dream, you need to take a step back.

Write it down - be specific in what your dream really means. Then think about the last 6 - 12 months and write down what specific initiatives you have undertaken in marketing, sales, finance, production, supply chain, etc. that have had a singular focus on the dream.

If you are not as far as long as you like, reaffirm the dream and develop a plan. Make it comprehensive. Make sure you have the right resources to make it a reality. Communication with your staff is critical so that they understand where you are headed and why. We typically look for the home run but getting to that dream is most often a focus on the basics. A healthy ERP infrastructure will go a long way. Business process improvement, quality systems, engaging your clients, reducing and eliminating errors will all help you get there.

Dream BIG, then work at it every day!

David Shavzin, CMC

President, Shavzin & Associates

Helping Clients Build Value and Achieve Their Dreams


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