To answer that, I say you need to know your company why, and have your company business plan in hand or at least know where it is. I like to have the business plan for one year, or 18 months. The larger and more complex goals, the more time you will need to plan and achieve them.
There are lots of good books on this, one that has helped me and my business is Traction by Gino Wickman. Gino says once you have your long term vision in place, you are ready to establish short-term priorities that contribute to achieving your vision and goals. Gino recommends only 3- goals a quarter (90 day rocks). I have come to recognize the important of limiting your focus to the most important goals in a 90 day time frame; this has really helped me personally to focus and get the most important things done as opposed to just being busy or only partially accomplishing mygoals because I tried to do too much.
It is a reminder of Stephen Covey’s time management key – “first things first”.
From a technology standpoint, having a business plan and having short terms priorities (90 day goals) allows us as business technology consultants to help you accomplish the most important things first.
By working off priorities you will receive more value by picking technology solutions that deliver on both first things, and by also have your big picture business plan of a year to 18 months, you won’t be short sighted.
Now, even with your business plan and 90 day goals (Rocks) in place, I always suggest at least a consultation with a technology consultant so that with the short term and long term business technology goals in mind you can make the right decisions for your business.
We offer a free technology assessment; we meet with you to understand your business goals and where your company is currently at technology wise. We then help you map your business goals to technology creating a business technology road personalized for your company.
Here are some of the things to have in mind / be prepared for when meeting with us: