One of my favourite programmes to watch was the comedy Only Fools & Horses. The main character Del Boy had a phrase he’d often say: “Don’t worry Rodney, this time next year we’ll be millionaires!” This phrase came to mind when talking about a company’s future recently. I had the privilege of working with a great ‘small’ business on planning their strategy.
What do you feel when you hear someone talking about the importance of your company values? Do you delight in being part of a business that lives out its standards and follows its values? Or, do you hold back your irritation at such pointless corporate fluff?
Do you remember why you set up your business? It might sound a simple question but over time the running of a business can move those that founded it on to ways of thinking, acting and dreaming that are very different from their expectations in those early days.
Project planning is not the most headline-grabbing business function; that is until the project in question goes wrong! But every business must plan projects, whatever the sector or its scale of operation. And projects involve doing something new or different and therefore create a change. This highlights for me the two critical success factors that ALL projects must consider, the human participation in a project, and the purpose of the project.
A change was forced upon me this week. As I walked into my local train station I was confronted with a seasonal change: the Christmas shopper. As a commuter into a large City, I suffer the inconvenience of this breed of traveller every year. What this all means for me is change. So, when I wrote the term ‘suffer’ above, it is an exaggerated divergence. What I really meant is that my habits have been disrupted and I had to cope with a change in my routine.