Running a business is hard work, involved and making time to sit down and take advice on strategic matters is all but impossible.
It is important, if not crucial, to prioritise long-term and strategic planning. We believe in adding value, immediately if possible, but over the long-term in general.
There are broadly four types of work tasks you’ll encounter on a day to day basis;
The sorts of service we provide sit firmly in quadrant 2. It is the most important thing that you, as a business owner, can do; is to spend time with us to put in place strategic plans that will head off risks, and capitalise on long-term opportunities.
However, statistically, most business owners split their time between quadrants 1 and 3. The literature also suggests that business owners may spend more time in quadrant 4, than they do in quadrant 2, as they are so close to their business that it is sometimes hard to see the wood for the trees.
We believe in continuous improvement. To achieve this, every one of our advisers is salaried and supported by dedicated administrative and paraplanning staff. This ensures that their only interest is in providing the best service possible, and them and their team can do as much as possible in the background and avoid taking up your time.
Our clients really appreciate that we can work on the things that are important in the background, allowing our clients to tackle the day to day stresses of running their business, without having to worry about the long-term.
For more information on time horizons practises of busines owners see:
Barnett, T., Bowes, M. J., White, J., & Zaib, A. (2017). Long-term Thinking in Organizations. Vision, 21(2), 109-128.
Kwok, L., Huang, Y-K. (2019). Green Attributes of Restaurants: Do Consumers, Owners and Managers Think Alike?. International Journal of Hospitality Management, 83 (October), pp. 28-32
Covey, S.R., 2004. The 7 habits of highly effective people: Powerful lessons in personal change. Simon and Schuster.
Sanders, R., 1987. The Pareto principle: its use and abuse. Journal of Services Marketing, 1(2), pp.37-40.