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Are you looking to hire an assistant? As a decision-maker, there is a never-ending stream of events seeking your attention. A reliable aide can help you focus on results instead of busywork. Keep reading to learn how to find the best assistant for your needs.

1. Clearly Define What you Want

People perform best when you clearly define your standard procedures. Take note of everything you do each day. Break these tasks down into steps. It needs to be so easy a fifth-grader could understand. Otherwise, you can’t expect a new hire to understand their responsibilities.

Define the Type of Assistant You Need

What will be their focus? You need to make sure you’re looking for the type of person who has the right skillset. …


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Essential Elements of a Strategic Plan

A strategic plan is an outline of how a company or organization will achieve success. This plan varies in size and complexity, from being one page to hundreds of pages, but its use is essential. The extent of the plan depends on the goals of the company. Every strategic plan is prepared with the same types of essential elements.

What is the Purpose of a Strategic Plan?

A strategy is a detailed, multi-step plan that is created to achieve one or several long-term goals. …


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The Greek philosopher, Heraclitus, believed that our world is controlled by the laws of change. He has been quoted as saying that “change is the only constant in life.” That phrase is never truer than in the world of business. Industry trends come and go constantly. Some stick around for only a short while, while others gain momentum and evolve with the times, becoming part of our natural way of life.

For future entrepreneurs, it helps to know what the future holds for them so they can pursue a successful path. Technology is sure to be a large presence over a broad range of industries. The first commercial-grade computer was invented in 1937, with the first transistor ten years later. The timeline has sped up exponentially since then, with personal computers and the internet arriving in the 1970s, and artificial intelligence beginning to take hold in 2017. And it shows no signs of slowing down any time soon. By the year 2020, the AI industry is expected to be worth over $70 billion. …


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Strategic planning is how a business transforms from a struggling startup to a thriving organization and it involves adaptability and innovation. Successful organizations that have developed strategic plans have fulfilled their long term visions by adequately planning their priorities and making decisions that fit into the best interests of their company.

When everything comes together at a business it’s not without having properly aligned priorities. It’s important that any plan that’s made is including the correct use of resources and monitoring its impact throughout the process to ensure things are moving in the right direction. …


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Strategic planning gives an organization the opportunity to set priorities, assign resources, and harmonize energy towards achieving a common goal. For an organization to thrive in the market today, it should invest in proper strategic planning and management practices. Involving multiple stakeholders is the only way to ensure that the organization collectively moves forward. The entire organizational strategic planning process is quite complex, with multiple steps and stakeholders. To increase the likelihood of success, organizational strategic planning should involve four main parts.

Involving all the parties

For an inclusive strategic planning process in an organization, it is essential to engage the multiple parties concerned. The most important of these parties include the various departments in the organization, the senior and junior administrative structure, the employees, and even shareholders. Involving all the parties gives the organization the opportunity to win the incentives and the support of everyone whose input is crucial to the ultimate success of the planning process. …


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Strategic planning is a crucial part and parcel of business management practices. It allows a business to position itself strategically for success while guiding its prospects in the market. As a business owner, investing in organizational strategic planning enables you to set goals and priorities that will define your business’s market value. Successful strategic planning should focus on five important steps and areas.

Industry assessment

The first important step to take is to assess market trends and the general flow of the industry in which the business has invested. The assessment should give you an overview of external forces that may be shaping the industry, including legislation, regulatory measures, competition, and general market trends. …


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Running a business requires tremendous levels of experience and allocation of sufficient time towards management and administration. As a business manager or owner, it is your responsibility to rally all your workers and subordinates, bringing them together to set priorities and allocate resources through strategic planning . Proper strategic planning for your business should focus on five areas of importance.

The strategic planning process should start with establishing the core values that advise the business’s operations and define its direction. The values should be followed by a mission and vision which define the business’s core existence and how it operates. The mission statement should be carefully crafted and stated in tandem with the businesses’ goals and values. …


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Strategic planning in business is one of the core corporate activities that should be conducted on a regular basis. Good strategic planning helps a business set its priorities right, realign its resources, and strengthen its operations to ensure that it is competent enough for long term success. Strategy planning should focus on, among others, 5 key areas.

Conducting an assessment of a business’s industry or area of investment gives the business owners an opportunity to evaluate its competitors, the market pricing trends, trends in products and services, and customers’ purchasing power. …


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Data has become an important factor in operating just about any business. While new IoT (Internet of Things) devices help business owners collect data, it’s also important to develop a system for curating that data. Without some way of analyzing that data and applying it to the business’ practices, it does little good to collect this information.

As a business leader, your ultimate goal should be to use data to help you promote a product that already has the potential to perform well. You may want to boost sales on an already popular product, or you may recognize a demand for a product you don’t yet manufacture. …


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Sometimes, plans can benefit from having the contributions of a wide range of viewpoints. Different people are able to envision different problems, which allow possible solutions or even alternative plans to be built directly into the plan. In other cases, however, to make cooks spoil the broth. While there are times a wide range of viewpoints can help make plans more comprehensive, there are also times when plans are better-made solo. Here are three times when strategic planning should not be a team effort.

There are times when everyone genuinely wants to make a plan better, but in other cases, they just want to get something for themselves. In that case, team planning meetings have a tendency to simply devolve into chaos. If you need to make strategic plans for something the team itself has a direct stake in, it is far better to make those plans yourself or to leave them to a single individual. …

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Gorman Houston

Gorman Houston is a businessman living and working in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Visit his site for more! http://gormanhouston.org/

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