"He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life."
-- Muhammad Ali, World Heavyweight Boxing Champion
We are currently in the process of creating a strategic plan for our company. This is our first formal process we have used. In the past a few of us would talk about the future and then put a plan around the ideas and get going. This year we are using a professional facilitator and doing it right.
What we have found is when we broaden the circle of people involved in the process, there are more and better ideas. Eventually everyone in the company will have personal goals tied to the overall company goals and this will make a huge difference.
I am really looking forward to the next five years. We have some good stretch goals that will make a big difference in our future. In five years, I believe we will look back on this process as a defining point in our history.