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6/5/2012 6:23:40 AM -
Business Tip - Here Today Gone Tomorrow

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Here Today Gone Tomorrow

How to Develop 5 Critical Thinking Types - Forbes

I just read the article above and it reminded me of a quote I keep as a reminder of my main job responsibilities.

"This is the first time in the history of business that you can be great at what you're doing today and be out of business tomorrow."
- Ken Blanchard & Terry Waghorn
Mission Possible

The world, Business and our lives are in constant change. If you look back at what was popular in training a few years ago you will see very little of this is still popular now. You can go back just a few months and see trends that emerged that are now gone.

When you combine this with an uncertain economic environment you find that in order to survive you need to live in the now. Business needs orders today - not tomorrow or next week. Just to substation takes attention to all the daily details and making sure they are all as efficient as they can be.

At the same time there needs to be a keen eye on the future. What will the trends be? Can you set some of the trends? Where are the opportunities and threats. What are your strengths and weaknesses? How can you use all of these to advance the company into the future.

When will you have the time to forecast and analyze all this?

Who will do it?

If you are so wrapped up in the day to day operations, urgent issues and responsibilities you will not see these future opportunities or threats that await down the road. You will end up road kill!

Most of us already know if you have staff you are asking to do both (present day and future work) it will not work. Either the day to day will suffer creating issues or they will never get around to the strategic planning for the future.

This brings up the next question.

What makes you think you can do both?

If you want to take your company into the future a very significant part of your time needs to be devoted to thinking, studying and analyzing how this will be done.

If this is overlooked, pushed on the back burner, delegated, or forgotten you simply will not make it.

If you do make time to do these things and implement & execute the odds of outlasting your competition increases significantly.

Dave Tate

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