Strategic thinking is a requirement in any field. Sun Tzu wrote about the importance of thinking strategic thinking thousands of years ago, saying: “Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.” But what does that mean? Simply put, strategic thinking or planning is coming up with targeted ideas to achieve your goals. In Sun Tzu’s case, it was about winning a battle. For the Resource Operations International (ROI) consultant, strategic planning is essential for profitability.
The most common issue people have with goal setting is failing to prioritize how they’re going to solve problems. Instead, they rush in without a clear plan. Take some time to think clearly about your issue. Can you break it down into smaller, doable steps? Sometimes, the best way to get started on a task is knock out the easy parts first, if possible. Break apart goals that feel too big to achieve into simple components. Build on this progress, and solutions are quickly found.
When it comes to budget and manpower, there’s only so much available at once. This is where efficiency becomes important. Spend the right amount of time and money on a task, and there are resources available for others. Throwing money and time at something with little left in reserve is an indicator of poor planning. Consider how much resources will be required for any new project and weigh it against other options. If you decide it is worthwhile, find the resources needed to successfully complete a task, and go from there.
Strategic planning is a must for all entrepreneurs. With ROI, entrepreneurs have the ability to use outsourcing as a tool of strategic planning. Learn more by getting in touch with a local ROI consultant today.