So IS it right that the planning process should be challenging? What would change if you were to approach business planning with a whole different set of questions? A more tender and more appreciative set of questions questions that don’t trigger the fear of failure? Questions that lead you to ideas that you would love to achieve, ideas that you are happy to embrace? How about the following:
- What business outcomes, over the next year or two, would put a smile on your face?
- If you were only allowed to achieve five things this year, what would they be? And what if you were only allowed to achieve one?
- Which client do you like best? And how could you grow your business with them? How could you make it a real win-win? And ensure you can do more work with people you like?
- What would your favourite clients want you to write in your business plan?
- Which one client do you find most drains your enjoyment of work? How are you going to get rid of them?
- Is your health part of your business plan? What needs to be in your plan and what one step do you commit to taking?
- How can you bring more fun, play and energy to your work in the coming year?
- How can you make your team a more enjoyable group? What can you do to smile more and put smiles on people’s faces?
- How do you want to feel one year from today?
How do you like the answers to these questions? What is the energy balance when you look at these questions? How will you make them part of your plan?
Try a little tenderness. It may help you to come up with a plan that is full of positive energy, energy that helps you to actually do what you have set out to do.