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How do you write a comprehensive business plan to grow your company | Issue #207

Do you have a strong idea of where your company is heading? Is this in the form of a business plan? Planning can be helpful whatever you do in life, whether personal or business. As the Cheshire Cat replied to Alice when she asked which way to go, ‘That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.’ 

It’s important to understand where you want to end up.


How to Transition your Culture as you Scale your Organisation with Darrin Jahnel

If you’ve grown your organisation and you’re now at the point where you don’t quite remember everyone’s name, and the coffee cups aren’t being stacked in the dishwasher, perhaps it’s time to reassess your company culture. 

To share how they’ve transitioned their culture as the organisation has grown to just over 150 people in 6 years, is co-founder and CEO of Jahnel Group, Darrin Jahnel. 

In this episode, Darrin explains why they’ve moved away from an executive team to implementing an extended leadership team, why he’s maniacal about company culture, and why they believe they’ve cracked the code on hybrid working. He also talks about inclusion, how he’s got people to show up to work being their authentic selves, as well as a fantastic metric for how many culture drivers per employee you need in your business.

So, to learn more about how to transition your culture as you grow, download and listen today.


FranklinCovey On Leadership with Scott Miller

A weekly podcast from FranklinCovey to help you become a better leader.


The new work–life balance

The pandemic seemed to render work–life balance a laughable concept. As white-collar workers set up workstations at home, there was no longer a separation of job and personal time or space. So we need something new, something more useful, to help us think about balance in our lives. Here’s an alternative model by podcast guest, Adam Bryant.

Does Religious Belief Affect Organizational Performance?

Chinese firms exposed to Confucianism outperformed peers and contributed more to their communities, says a recent study. James Heskett considers whether the role of religion in management merits further research.

How men continue to interrupt even the most powerful women

In groups or one-on-one conversations, in social or professional contexts, women are disproportionately interrupted by both men and by women. And, no, this is not because women are more talkative (a common misconception): men actually talk more than women. Instead, interruptions are commonly interpreted as attempts by speakers to maximise their power through verbal dominance.


Chief Customer Officer 2.0 by Jeanne Bliss

Recommended by podcast guest Jeff Toister on The Melting Pot, this book is a Customer Experience roadmap to transform your business and culture. Chief Customer Officer 2.0 will give you a proven framework that has launched and advanced the customer experience transformation in businesses in every vertical around the world. And it will take years off your learning curve. Written by Jeanne Bliss, worldwide authority on customer experience, and preeminent thought leader on the role of the Customer Leadership Executive (such as Chief Customer Officer, Vice President of Customer Experience, etc.) this book follows the five-competency model she uses to coach the C-Suite and Chief Customer Officers.


The Discipline of Market Leaders by Michael Treacy & Fred Wiersema

Why is it that Casio can sell a calculator more cheaply than Kellogg’s can sell a box of corn flakes? Why can FedEx absolutely, positively” deliver your package overnight but airlines have trouble keeping track of your bags? What does your company do better than anyone else? What unique value do you provide to your customers? How will you increase that value next year? As customers’ demands for the highest quality products, best services, and lowest prices increase daily, the rules for market leadership are changing. Once powerful companies that haven’t gotten the message are faltering, while others, new and old, are thriving. In disarmingly simple and provocative terms, Treacy and Wiersema show what it takes to become a leader in your market, and stay there, in an ever more sophisticated and demanding world.


News From The Farm

CEO Bootcamp with Verne Harnish and Dominic Monkhouse

Join the author of Scaling Up, Verne Harnish for the first European CEO Bootcamp, geared for CEOs and their #2s so they can dig into the constraints holding them back from 10x to 30x their businesses. 

Three intense days of learning, sharing, and fun in an intimate setting where you’ll get the opportunity to work one-on-one with Verne. In these sessions, you will get exclusive access to his network of key CEOs and investors to help you overcome obstacles and make critical decisions to achieve major breakthroughs in your business.

Limited offer for 10 CEOs and their #2’s.
28th-31st March, 2023,Lucknam Park Hotel & Spa, near Bath (UK).

Secure your spot today


MEANINGFUL ACTION FOR MONDAY

Change your approach to bad luck to create opportunities for growth

When you encounter unexpected events, do you have a process to seek opportunity? In his book ‘Good to great’, Jim Collins found out that all companies have the same amount of good and bad luck. But only great companies capitalise on unexpected events, whether they were good or bad. The rest of them frittered it away. They didn’t learn anything from bad luck. 

A podcast guest and co-Founder of The Wow Company, Peter Czapp, said to me that when they had bad news they asked themselves what would have to be true for this to be the best thing that has happened to us all year? You can’t control what happens, but you can control the structure and the mental approach to unexpected events. And that’s what helps people spot good news and make the most of bad news.


Scale Up Workshop with Dominic Monkhouse – 15th November

Are you struggling to steer your business through these challenging times? We’re offering 6 seats at our next in-person Scale Up Workshop. And one of them is for you. Join Dominic at his farm in the New Forest for an intensive half-day of learning, and strategising to help you spin uncertainty into success.

Join Dominic on Tuesday, 15th November in the New Forest (UK).


Quote of the week

“If you want to get everyone in the company on the same page, then you need to literally get everything on one page.”

Verne Harnish

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Dominic offers business coaching and management development, strategy planning and organisational change, using tried and tested methods to launch your organisation onto an unparalleled growth trajectory. His programme is a function of his broad experience, his deep expertise and a proven process used by over 2,700 firms worldwide.

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