When you’re dealing with the hectic day-to-day of business, it can be relatively easy to forget that there’s anything else. You’re trying to get that next client or just get that next project launched. But when you spend so much time on what’s happening today, tomorrow, and next week, your vision is limited. You don’t see what the long-term has in store. So, here’s why you should consider adopting some long-term planning principles.
Where your team’s path leads
One of the best areas to start thinking long-term is with your team. You don’t know how long they’re all going to be there, but if they’re particularly good for the business, you want to make sure that’s a long time. Employees need and deserve upward mobility from their job. If you can keep providing that through means like training courses and creating a development plan, they’re more likely to keep sticking around. Of course, the real long-term planning is being accepting and happy for them that they will most likely eventually move on.
Think programme, not project
In business, we use the word ‘project’ to talk about any large-scale development that requires collaboration. Something outside the norm that can take your team out of their comfort zone. They are moments of opportunity and transformation for a lot of businesses. But getting too caught up in a project can ignore some very vital questions. Questions like, are you spending too much time and resources on the project? Does it really have the value you need? Courses from places like Simetral can teach you to think above the project. They can teach you to think about the programme that encompasses the projects. To see objectives on a higher level so you can be aware of just what a project contributes to the business in the grand scheme of things.
Speaking of that grand scheme, wanting to achieve growth in the business is inevitable. It’s not just about turning enough of a profit to invest more in the business, either. You need to have your plans to scale prepared well in advance. Know what you’re getting into, know how many resources you need and plan how you’re going to implement these changes in the business with as little disruption as possible.
Systemise as you go
You’re going to see a lot of change in the long term. People are going to leave and be replaced by fresh faces. You’re going to grow beyond your past capabilities and take less of a hands-on role. Whoever moves into this changed work landscape is going to need some help adjusting. Which is why you should go about systemising the workplace and all the different tasks done in it. As you work, create your guidebook to work. It helps people get acclimated to a new role a lot more quickly, helping to ground them even in the moments of the most disruptive change.
With the above in mind, you think beyond the weeks to come and start painting a picture of you and your team next year, in five years, in a decade. With that picture and the path towards it, it’s easier to be more confident in the choices you make today.