Lecture Series

2016-2017 Lecture Series

All programs are held at the Fluno Center, 601 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53715.

Question-Based Planning and the 1-Page Goal Tree

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Networking Breakfast 7:00 - 8:30 AM; Program 8:30 - 11:30 AM
Presented by Derrick Van Mell, Van Mell Associates

It’s hard for family business leaders to get everyone going – and keep them going – in the same direction. When people lose focus, they work harder and harder, but go slower and slower.

But the traditional model of planning – mission, vision, strategy, tactics, etc. – rarely builds excited focus. Fortunately, there’s an alternative: Question-Based Planning. It starts with the common-sense idea that managers should get all the big questions on the table before committing to a plan. It results in a plain English, one-page ‘goal tree’ that provides the answers to the leader’s three key questions:

  • Why are we doing this?
  • Where are we going?
  • What’s the best way to get there?

You will also learn a simple way to ensure you execute your plan, by summarizing and tracking projects on one page. Clarity is everything to a leader: Question-Based Planning lets you lead, plan and act with confidence.