With the benefit of back to back world cup victories fresh in our minds, it is clear Steve Hansen, Richie McCaw and Dan Carter set clear goals and plans, but remain accountable at all times.

Business owners are accustomed to wearing many hats, that of Shareholder, Director, and CEO.  The last minute rush to Christmas brings out the frazzled Fire Fighter hat as owners juggle often unreasonable customer deadlines, family demands, and the party season before shutdown and escape to the beach.

Christmas comes and finally the Shareholder hat comes out.  Is there any gas – I mean cash – left in the tank for me?  How did we perform?  Do I still want to own this business?

For many businesses January is a quiet month, and at best February is like a car in second or third gear.  When you return in January, fresh from rest with a clear head – this is the time to plan.  A ship without a rudder goes nowhere.  In January/ February the phone doesn’t ring continuously and you can put on your Director’s hat to work on the business.  This is the time to review your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, and to reset or revise, your company goals, strategies and tactics with your team.

By March you are back into CEO mode – executing the strategy with the help of your team.  However if you don’t have a clear plan you won’t achieve your goals.


Gordon Stuart – The Alternative Board Central Auckland

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