In the old days, I’d get twitchy if our planning group’s attention hadn’t turned to readying for the next year’s planning by April with completion targeted for early September. Amid a changing business environment, however, those dates got progressively later until the prospect of nearly coincident planning left us unphased.
At the Frost & Sullivan event I participated in during the first week in November, attendees were asked who was still working on 2010 plans. Based on the large percentage of hands raised, it looked like many companies have pushed back planning efforts much later.
As a result, Brainzooming is focused on 2010 planning, providing tips and ideas to prepare your plan for what your marketplace holds next year. Here’s what’s coming this week:
- Tuesday – My Brainzooming Instigation buddy Keith Prather from Armada Corporate Intelligence will highlight approaches and tools to survey your external environment. Armada is sponsoring this week’s Brainzooming features on 2010 planning, so beyond upcoming posts on the topic, check out the services Armada offers to help you get through this challenging business period.
- Wednesday – Mid-week, we’ll feature links to more than 15 Brainzooming articles to support your planning efforts.
- Thursday – There are various planning environments you may face. On Thursday, we’ll share stories of how Brainzooming has teamed with Armada Corporate Intelligence, using the Brainzooming approach, to successfully address frequent planning challenges.
- Friday – Previous guest author Barrett Sydnor of Sydnor and Associates will cover making investment decisions in this business environment.
If you’re feeling really under the gun for getting your 2010 plan done on time with the level of rigor to help your business be more successful in 2010, get in touch with Armada today for help with an Idea Generation Session, a Plan Audit, or a Fast-Track plan building session. – Mike Brown