Do you have a vision for a good year ahead?

This time of year is when most people are starting their new business improvement projects. The reflection of the previous year has passed and now is the time to do something different.

A lot of companies that I have worked with have struggled with this activity in the past. They have created a game plan but wondered why it hasn’t worked. Whilst there are many reasons why this could be the case there is one point that keeps raising its head.

Having a clear picture, a vision, of how the improvement will roll out makes a big difference. The first time that I share this insight with my clients they scoff.

“They aren’t kids, why do I have to spell this out?” is the sort of response I often get.

Defining ‘what does good look like?’ in these situations can make a real difference. It gives you a chance to clarify:

  • What people should be doing (precisely).
  • When they should be doing it.
  • What standard is acceptable.
  • How to use the best methods (for whatever it is you do).

If you can paint a picture of what good looks like for your business clarity follows. When you have clarity; you can move towards performance. When you have performance, you can start to ask yourself ‘what would look better than this?’ and carry on your continuous improvement journey.

If you haven’t quite finished your improvement plan for 2020 then I urge you to think about what good looks for your business and build a plan around that.

If you want more help with this idea then check out my book What Does Good Look Like? It is available from Amazon and iTunes.


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Giles Johnston

Giles Johnston is a Chartered Engineer who consults with businesses to improve their productivity and on time delivery performance. Giles is also the author of What Does Good Look Like? and the co-creator of the StreamLiner business improvement software program.