Browsing today I happened upon two very good posts on business planning at the same site. That’s at the American Express OPEN Forum, which, by the way, has become an excellent source of good ideas and insight for small business.
The first of these is 5 Tips for Creating More Accountability, written by the Behance Team and posted this morning. I won’t give you all five here, but I will share point two:
2. Share your planning documents and to-do lists. Whether it’s a timeline with project milestones or a regular old list of to-dos, sharing your working documents transparently with your team builds trust and increases accountability. Essentially, it’s a passive way of publicly stating your agenda and creating a powerful accountability mechanism for getting things done. If your colleagues notice you are constantly missing milestones, they’ll start asking questions.
The second is more exactly on point about business planning, a very practical comparison of two businesses, one with and one without planning. That’s How and Why a Business Plan can Make a Difference, by Nora Dunn. I don’t agree with her on all points (for example, I don’t think a business plan has to be on paper) … but she does a great summary of the key issues.