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Business Strategic Planning is the process by which a business defines its short- and long-term goals and the approaches for which to achieve them.

asks key questions which will focus your attention on success factors critical to outside investors and to anyone formulating a marketing and product strategy.
It might sound a bit Nietzchean for some people's tastes, but in our post-911 world, I think these two might be the most important one-word concepts going.
Understanding your values to improve your business performance immediately.
Of course you've heard that when you do what you've always done, you'll likely get what you've always got. In this case that means playing the tactical game: coming up with acceptable--or worse--comfortable options and executing them as time permits. Likely, what you'll get is business as usual, and things will be... well, they'll be fine.
What's involved with making money without effort? Wrong question--there's no such thing.
The Ben Franklin Program for Focusing on What's Important.
Strategic Planning, often synonymous with Annual Planning, details how you are going to get where you have decided to go. It is a description of how you will achieve your goals -- those milestones you established in structuring your business plan.
With the economy slowing, oil prices rising, and the value of the U.S. Dollar weakening, it is obvious that a 2008 recession is headed our way. Many are predicting that this could be the first U.S. recession since 2001.
An old philosophy in business is, “If you want it done right, you better do it by yourself.” Well let me say that if this is your belief now, it will be difficult for your business to survive in the future. That is the old way of doing business and today I want to share with you my beliefs on the new way to run and operate a successful service business.