Many business owners/managers know in their heart that their business or organisation would be more successful if they had a clear business plan to work to.

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But for many there is a problem.

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The problem is the perceived time and effort that would be required to produce an effective business plan.

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Problem solved!

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The purpose of this three-part article is to present

you with a simple, common-sense method to prepare a business plan that will do two things:

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(1) Show you how to get clear on what your business or organisation would look like if it was performing effectively

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(2) Show you how to translate this information into the needed action steps to translate the vision into reality.
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The Big Picture
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So let’s get started with an overview on how the preparation of a

business plan can be made both simple and effective.
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The “Functional” approach
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Explanation: For any business or organisation to be successful, it must be “functional” in its core business capabilities.
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Let me clarify what is meant by “functional” core business capability as it relates to your business or organisation.
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For a typical commercial business, these functions could be Marketing (or Sales & Marketing), Customer Service, Team (or Human Resource),

Financial Management, Administration and Asset Management.
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Some refer to these functions as “Key Business Activities”.
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For a non-profit organisation, most or all of the above functions will

be required, but the terminology may vary.
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For example, the term “marketing” may be inappropriate for some

operations, but there may be a definite requirement for “Members

Communications”. So the term “Marketing” would be replaced by “Member Communications” or “Client Communications”.
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The fundamental logic of this functional approach is as follows:

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If you are highly “functional” in all of your key business activities,

then the complete business or organisation will be a success.
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A qualification. In some situations the above may be an over

simplification, but mostly it is a truism. 
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A Simple 3 Step way to prepare you business plan in one day (or less)

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Part 1 is about vision or goal setting

Part 2 is about strategy
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Part 3 is about taking action
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  (to be continued)