Planning is Guessing

Planning is Guessing

It’s that time of the year when many companies go “Plan Mad”. How are you going to secure your year-end numbers? What numbers are you going to do next year? Don’t ever forget that planning is guessing. (Though maybe don’t use that phraseology with your CFO or CEO!)

Planning is guessing

So say Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson in their brilliant book “Rework – Change the way you work forever”. Check this out from their book:

Unless you’re a fortune teller, long-term business planning is a fantasy. There are just too many factors that are out of your hands: market conditions, competitors, customers, the economy, etc. Writing a plan makes you feel in control of things you can’t actually control.

Why don’t we just call plans what they really are: guesses. Start referring to your business plans as business guesses, your financial plans as financial guesses, and your strategic plans as strategic guesses. Now you can stop worrying about them as much. They just aren’t worth the stress.

Find out more about “Rework – Change the way you work forever”.

Get real with objectives

Objectives are useful. They’re an aspiration and a direction you can drive towards.

You wouldn’t get in your car to drive just “somewhere”, because you’d have no idea in which direction to head. But if I say to you, get in your car and drive to this specific location, you’ll get there. Exactly the same with objectives.

The only problem with objectives is people confuse the words “objective”, “forecast” and “budget”. Be clear how you use them.

Here’s what to do next

If you’re interested in how this could help you, or feel I may be able to help you with some of the challenges you’re facing, please get in touch for an informal discussion.

There’s no commitment, we’ll just discuss your situation to see if working together might be a good fit.  Contact me now.

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