I believe one of the key reasons for this is that businesses focus on the vision for their business, without setting, or tracking the steps it will take to get there.
I believe that to achieve growth you need to start at the top. What is your big vision What is the purpose of your company What are you trying to do From there on you should set about clarifying your mission. This should be more tangible, more time sensitive and set key deliverables, such as in one year we want to be the UK leader for this product or service . But, this is not the end.
How will you meet your mission What roles will each department play in reaching this mission Be specific, set targets for each department, and achieve these goals each month. For example, what will being the UK leader look like in terms of marketing Are there hot-lists for your industry that your competitors are on When do these come out And make sure to track their progress.
Everyone has a part to play
Give individuals within each team micro steps that contribute towards meeting these goals so that everyone knows the impact they are having on the growth of the business as a whole. This means that throughout the process, if people are underachieving you can recognise this and find out why. Is it internal or external Is there a skills gap, or does the person need more training or support. If you can easily see areas of weakness, you can easily identify the measures needed to strengthen them.
Be distracted, but only when it matters
If you have a smart, pro-active team you will always have new ideas and opportunities come up. A clear mission, however, will give you the ability to assess these on whether these distractions will contribute towards this. If they are not core to the roadmap put them on a list for later consideration, if they will help your mission you can readjust your goals.
Monitor development and mentor people so they improve their output and progress. The micro steps each individual member of the team takes is continuously helping you get that little bit closer to your vision.
Glen Calvert is CEO of Affectv.