This week’s lesson from the School of Rock & Sand
If you’ve been following things on LinkedIn, all these organizations out there are pushing a “Scale Up” message and when they do they are usually also suggesting you use some sort of One Page Plan.
The One Page Strategic Plan or OSPS (Scaling Up), The Vision Traction Organizer or V/TO (EOS) Beto vision, traction, organizer, and The 7 Attributes of Agile Growth Roadmap (Gravitas Impact) Are one page plans, that work from the same solid DNA.
In some ways, it’s a matter of preference. All of them work fairly well, with nuances in each of them. If you are using one, you are on the right track.
They work because they are on one piece of paper or maybe even two, (that’s a bit of an inside joke about the one page plans, that they take two pieces of paper to print it out.
They all capture the foundation of the future of where you want to go in an easily digestible manner for everyone on your team, and then brings back that from the future to today to align them on what to do right now to achieve the goals set out in the plan.
So let’s take a look at my version of it. I call my one page plan the Baseline Growth Roadmap.
It’s a little simpler to use than others. And the space for handwriting is larger. YEt it accomplishes pretty much the same thing.
Foundation of your three years goals is core purpose, core values, core customers, brand promise and core strengths. The Roadmap is a place to document and share so that people know what they are.
From there you move to you want to be 10 years from now and what’s the profit per X (read Jim Collins to learn about that concept.
Using all of that, and especially your core customer and brand promising, you can calculate out a three year target, a three year, highly achievably goal. (thanks Shannon Susko for the 3HAG).
Once that is set, then you work on key thrusts for the next three years. Things are going to have to be different three years from now than now to hit the 3HAG. What are they and what are the actions needed to build those things.
Then you bring this back to one year and the main things you are going work on that year.
Then you take on the next 90 days. That’s what you’re going to work on right now to move things forward. What are the main projects or priorities (Rocks) and what is the business you need to transact (Sand).
Then, finally, what does is each individual going to do as a part of the plan. What are their personal Rocks and Sand.
It’s not easy to just pump this out off the top of your head. To complete it, your team should be involved. If your team works with you on this, they’re going to be more committed to it.
In fact, creating baseline growth roadmap together is a fabulous team building process.
Here’s a link to the Baseline Growth Roadmap. Download it and use it. Your team will find it easy to follow and that’s what you want. Good luck,
See you for next week for another lesson.