This is part 2 of a 5 part series on “The 5 Reasons Your Company Needs A Painted Picture”
When I first realized, through Cameron Herold’s Painted Picture, that the vision I had in my head wasn’t conveyed consistently or clearly to my business associates, I sat down and began to write. It took me a couple of weeks as I focused on making the vision and goals in my painted picture visible and understandable.
Setting Your 3-year Plan
Everyone talks about their 5 and 10-year plans, and those are good to have. However, a 3-year plan is my “secret sauce” to making business goals achievable. Five or ten years is too long to dedicate to a project without seeing results. I have found that a 3-year plan is just right.
Think of your 3-year plan like a puzzle. Don’t overwhelm yourself with a thousand tiny puzzle pieces. First collect all the edge pieces and build the border. Once the frame is established, you separate out the pieces by color, image, and so forth until you little by little piece the image together. When you implement a 3-year plan, your team is
more focused on analysis, review, and on seeing results.
Sharing your vision and your 3-year plan
Once I’d written out my vision and goals in great detail, I had my staff read my notes. That brought a tremendous amount of cohesion to the group. Suddenly, they saw what I saw. They understood. They began to ask focused questions. But the best part was seeing that they finally saw how seriously I take our growth, standards, and having fulfilling lifestyles.
We encourage questions as we continued to “paint the picture” for my business. We set up thought provoking quizzes to determine comprehension levels. We continued to paint the picture. And we make sure everyone is on the same page. It wasn’t an overnight training, but it’s been one of the best decisions we’ve made as a company.
In fact, it is just like the puzzle. It’s going to take time. It’s going to be an iterative process to get all the pieces in their proper place. But with your 3-year goal plan as a guide, you will successfully complete the image.
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