Entrepreneurs and business managers are often so preoccupied with immediate issues that they lose sight of their ultimate objectives.
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But first, what is a business planning consultant?
A business planning/strategy consultant helps business owners or organizational leaders with decision-making in regards to their business strategy. We understand and can lead you through the processes that will help you determine who you are, where you want to go, how you will get there, and how you will measure success.
Why you desperately need a strategic planning consultant
Helping You Plan: the right way
Our job is to sit with you during this planning phase and actually work with you on it. We will analyze your company so we can lead you down the path of smart business decisions.
We Ask the Big Questions
We ask all the big questions that you are afraid to or had not thought about. Your answers to these deep, probing questions are the key to unlocking the reason why your business isn’t going in the direction you want it to. Consultants aren’t afraid to dig into potentially touchy subjects, but don’t let that deter you; it will help you learn more about your business in the long run.
Keep What Works
Every company has its individual strengths and weaknesses. The role of the consultant is to point out these strengths so you can keep it up and find solutions for the weaknesses. However, you may never see these issues yourself, which is why another set of eyes is important.
We Facilitate the Process
When we first come in, we review everything that has to do with your company: familiarizing ourselves with the ins and outs, from your employees to your planning methods so that when you holding your strategic planning meetings we can help you stay on track with what needs to be done and keep things productive.
Expect a Honest Assessment
We take an honest assessment of your company’s situation and share insights with you. Big problems will be discussed in enough detail where you’ll be able to easily make changes. You’ll have the benefit of an outsider’s perspective to see what shifts you might want to make in your company.
We are an Extra Hand
The consultant’s job doesn’t end with analyzing your company. We get involved with helping you come up with solutions. We can sit down and help with your market research, working systems, or go over financial issues and budget.
At Flaxem, we make sure that our clients have a sound plan. We help in the following areas;
- Design a framework for decisions to secure support, and or approval.
- Provide a basis for more detailed planning.
- Explain the business to others in order to inform, motivate, and involve them.
- Assist in benchmarking, and performance monitoring.
- Stimulate change and build blocks for next plan
Our approach to strategic planning
A critical review of past performance by the owners and management of a business and the preparation of a plan beyond normal budgetary horizons require a certain attitude of mind and predisposition.
Some essential points which should to be observed during the review and planning process include the following issues:
- Relate to the medium term i.e. 2/4 years
- Be undertaken by owners/directors
- Focus on matters of strategic importance
- Be separated from day-to-day work
- Be realistic, detached and critical
- Distinguish between cause and effect
- Be reviewed periodically
- Be written down.
As the precursor to developing a strategic plan, it is desirable to clearly identify the current status, objectives, and strategies of an existing business or the latest thinking in respect of a new venture. Correctly defined, these can be used as the basis for a critical examination to probe existing or perceived Strengths, Weaknesses, Threats, and Opportunities.
This then leads to strategy development covering the following issues:
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