Business Planning in Uncertain Times - Creative Reset 2021 | The Big Bang Partnership

Business Planning in Uncertain Times – Creative Reset 2021

Use this time right now to create your 2021 business plan, even (and especially) in these uncertain times.

Come and join me for my FREE 5-day Creative Reset 2021 programme that I have created for you to help you with your business planning in these uncertain times.

By the end of the programme, you will have:

  • More resilience because your business plan will be agile and flexible, rather than set in stone, so important for these changing times
  • Greater clarity in how to take your business forward
  • Stronger confidence in the direction, robustness and deliverability of your business plan
  • Renewed energy, motivation and focus for your business, with a clear view of the smart actions that you’ll take to ensure success this year and beyond

These uncertain times will be with us for a while to come…

There does seem to be light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel. But with vaccines still being rolled out, lockdowns still in place and many businesses closed, we still have a little way to go yet.

With so many people in business experiencing slow down, cancellations and having to adapt to more remote working, I wanted to do something to help and support.

Adapting and innovating a new business model has been challenging, I’m sure. But knowing that you have got a flexible plan to get through and emerge stronger on the other side is a massive help.

I’ve created this programme so that you can:

  • Take a step back from your business, think about your immediate priorities and get an action plan together for dealing with the challenges and opportunities ahead, as we emerge into the ‘new normal’ , whatever that might look like
  • Work out how you can adapt more of what you do to be delivered online – and quickly
  • Use any additional time to prioritise and progress some of those things you’ve been meaning or wanting to do for ages
Cover of the Creative Reset 2021 Business Planning Playbook

When you sign up, you’ll get all of this for free…

  • My Creative Reset 2021 Playbook packed with tips, tools and techniques and a step-by-step process for creating your plan
  • Daily emails from me for 5 days with guidance that will support you through the process
  • My direct contact email so that you can get in touch if there’s anything I can help with one-to-one

Getting Started

You’ll start by completely emptying everything that’s going on in your head right now about your business onto paper, using the simple process that I set out for you in your Creative Reset Playbook. You will focus on answering the questions:

  • What am I most concerned about now, and why?
  • What new opportunities are there for me and my business right now?

You also will have the opportunity to reach out to me personally on email, Zoom or Microsoft Teams if there’s anything you’d like to chat through.

Creative Reset – Business Bullet-Proofer

You’ll use my Business Bullet-Proofer activity to identify and plan for your top 5 risks and opportunities, building on your work in the previous step. This is really empowering and de-stressing, because it puts you in the driving seat of your business. You’ll have a clear view of what you can control, and how – plus what you can’t control, so you can prepare for it at least.

Sample pages What's on your mind? and the Business Bullet-Proofer inside spread from the Creative Reset Playbook
Sneak peek – Creative Reset Playbook

Power Moves

You’ll focus on your ‘power moves’ and storyboard you action plan. Your power moves are the targeted actions that will make the biggest, most meaningful difference to helping your business to thrive right now.

Power moves and storyboard templates inside the Creative Reset playbook
Inside the Creative Reset Playbook

Creative Reset ‘The One Thing’

By this stage, your plans will now be in place to get from where you are now to where you want to be, for you and your business to thrive now and in the future.

It’s time to think about the ‘one thing’ that you’ve been wanting or meaning to do for your business for a while, but have never had (or created!) the time to do.

You’ll brain dump all these things, with no judgment or evaluation. Just get them out onto the page as a mind map, with ‘The things I’ve been meaning to do’ at the centre.

Some examples of things that you may have been meaning to do might include:

  • Writing a book
  • Getting your website or email list sorted
  • Focusing on a better work / life balance
  • Learning a new skill, such as social media marketing or coding
  • Taking your business in a new direction – this might be a big or a small change

In your mind map, I’ll ask you to expand as much as possible on WHY you want to do these things, and the difference you think they will make to you and your business.

You’ll make your mind map as rich as possible with the content of all your thoughts and then pick the ONE THING from your mind map that you think will make the biggest difference to you and your business. I’ll ask you think about and write down:

  • What you’re going to
  • Why you’re going to do it
  • When you’re going to do it
  • Who you need to help you
  • How you’re going to make sure you succeed
Mind mapping and the one thing template inside the Creative Reset playbook
Mind mapping and ‘the one thing’ activity

Resilience and Change

Finally you’ll learn about resilience, change and how your mindset can help you.

Resilience is the ability to:

  • Bounce back from adversity
  • Keep going when things get hard, or when you are lacking motivation
  • Pace yourself so that you can cope successfully, and with the ups and downs of life and work

It is a moveable feast. Our ability to cope fluctuates depending on a whole range of things, including:

  • What else might be going on
  • Who else is involved
  • What has actually happened
  • Whether you, or someone else, are having a good or bad day

You can read more about How to grow your entrepreneurial resilience in my more detailed article here.

Resilience and the change curve

We are living in fast changing, unpredictable times for sure!

Being aware of the psychological impact of change on people, and the different ways that this impact might show itself, is essential if you want to create and ride-out transformational change successfully.

Change can be challenging, especially when we are thinking of our business plan in uncertain times, because it’s often mentally, emotionally and physically easier to stay as we are. All too often, people are only motivated to change because there is a compelling imperative, and unfortunately, this can be that things have become so bad that the effort and disruption of change are perceived to be better than staying the same.

Your Success Strategy for Change

Before you can lead or work optimally with anyone else through transformational change, it’s important that you are ready to embrace the change.

It’s ok to feel somewhat nervous or apprehensive, especially if the change is a big and important one. If you do feel this way, embrace the change by seeing it as an exciting or stretching challenge. Prepare yourself by thinking through all the key risks and opportunities, and how you’re going to deal with them if they come up. Doing this increases your self-efficacy or how confident you feel about dealing with the transformation, i.e. you perceive the effort and disruption of change to be better than staying the same.

When we experience change, our emotions go on a journey that is often represented as the Kubler-Ross Change Curve, shown in the playbook pages above. Checking in with yourself to see where you are on the Change Curve can really help your resilience through improved understanding. You can also make choices to move yourself along the curve.

resilience plan for entrepreneurs inside the creative reset 2020 playbook
Personal resilience plan

In my free Creative Reset 2021 programme, you’ll use the downloadable playbook to create your own strategy for personal resilience in the face of challenging change.

We’re all stronger together. 

Hope you come and join me.

Dr. Jo x

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