Not long ago, I had the privilege of meeting Nicholas Barnett, CEO of Insync Surveys Pty Limited, and the author of an outstanding book called GPS for your Organisation.[i] Ken Blanchard, co-author of the best-selling book, The One Minute Manager, wrote the foreword.
Barnett has produced a very practical tool—the GPS Framework—that is able to help organizational leaders develop their strategic plans and budgets. There are many tools around, but I have found this one to be a great starting point, especially for small to medium business owners.
GPS for your Organisation is as profound as it is simple. I have learned over the last 20 years that there is an art in planning. One shouldn’t need a plethora of templates, or a process that is so complicated and lengthy, motivation to complete the task soon wanes. Strong outcomes are rarely achieved in this scenario.
Whether you are a leader with a large corporation, a small to medium enterprise, a not-for-profit organization, or a sole-trader, GPS for your Organisation is an excellent place to start.
Having relocated from Colorado in the U.S to Melbourne, Australia and then further north to Queensland, I soon discovered how helpful a GPS is. The ability to identify key landmarks, arterial roads and major highways made driving much more enjoyable and less stressful. It should be no different in running a sustainable, high-performing business. There needs to be clarity about what you want to accomplish, what resources you need, what potential roadblocks will get in the way, and strategies that can leverage a range of opportunities that emerge. It is easy to get lost without a map!
Barnett argues there are five GPS points:
GPS 1: Aspiration
The way you would like your organization to be regarded by others in 5 to 10 years
GPS 2: Core Purpose
Your organization’s core reason for being and the reason it wants to achieve it
GPS 3: Core Values
The values that are absolutely essential for your organization to adopt and continue to uphold if its Aspiration is to be achieved and its Core Purpose is to be fulfilled
GPS 4: Golden Goal
The single most appropriate inspirational goal for your organization
GPS 5: Tagline
The description in a few words (normally 5 or less) of what is special and unique about your organization and what it provides
Click GPS for your Organisation if you want to explore this in more detail or purchase a copy of the book. Alternatively, you could do what I did and download a copy from iTunes. I’d highly recommend it.
Joining the dots for your leadership journey or your organization doesn’t need to be complex.
What’s the bottom-line?
The best lessons in life are those when we’ve actually decided to stop long enough to reflect on how we can apply what we have learned to what we want to achieve, and what mid-course corrections may need to be made from what has worked and what hasn’t. Organizations are no different. Below are some questions to ask:
- What is one thing I have learned from a previous experience that has the potential to change the way I look at my business? My relationships? My family?
- What is one thing I can do to refocus my efforts to clarify the direction of my business and determine a fresh set of priorities?
- Do I find it easy to articulate what my business does and what its key objectives are?
[i] Nicholas S. Barnett, GPS for your Organisation (Major Street Publishing, 2012).