Within the coaching framework, coachees can be supported by tailored exercises to accelerate growth in a particular area. I’ve been noticing common themes from clients and thought I would share a few exercises (in the short video above) and a simple approach to tackle planning, which is often deprioritised.
The Proverbial Spinning Plates
For some business leaders, trying to put aside the ‘spinning plates’ from last year (or even further back) is a challenge, let alone adding new plates to the to-do list.
This is even more important for smaller businesses and entrepreneurs who have all the responsibilities of the organisation on their shoulders. They must have the ability to be Jack of all trades, master of them all! A mindset that requires adaptability, agility, and an aptitude to set, commit to and complete priorities. On top of all of this, they must be able to see the big picture – looking for opportunities and threats – and have the capacity to be always ‘on’.
So, do you need to be a superhero to achieve all of the above and run a successful business? The answer is no, thankfully! What you do need, however, is a solid planning structure in place to avoid fire-fighting daily tasks without long-term direction.
Planning is a laborious task for many. Simply trying to allocate time to take a step back from the business to see the big picture is seen as a luxury, rather than a necessity. However, the right planning can lead to smart goal-setting and implementation. The best planners ensure that every day tasks fit into the larger goals of the business and that they in turn fit into the overall vision of the company - ensuring “working harder, not smarter” is a reality and not just a pipe dream.
Marshall Goldsmith, one of the world’s top Executive Coaches, coined the phrase:
“What gets measured gets done.”
A simple and effective context to hold around planning.
The Big Picture Approach: Why, What, How
There are tonnes of planning tools and exercises out there, but if you are someone who struggles with planning, a simple ‘Why, What, How’ approach can help get you started.
Crucially, the ‘why’, ‘what’ and ‘how’ should all be aligned.
The final takeaway around planning is understanding the importance of being future-focused and making time to plan ahead. Seeing this as a necessity, rather than a luxury, is paramount. If you’re not planning ahead for your business, who is?