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My Goals for Owen Greaves Consulting in 2010

I spent many years just winging it, just responding to what felt right and mostly what felt good, sound familiar?  I have found that there are more business owners, check that, most people were doing the same thing. As I mentioned in my previous post, we spend more time planning a two week vacation than we do our careers and our lives. Why is that? I suspect due to a lack of knowledge, a poor understanding of what’s at stake here….it’s your life and you only get one chance to do it. Enough about that, I want to share with you what drives me and what my vision for Owen Greaves Consulting is for 2010.

I have met and worked for many, many business owners, CIO’s, COO’s, and they all struggle with the same things for the most part. They know what they want to do, but don’t really know how to build and implement a strong I.T. Plan. I.T. visionaries are way ahead of the rest of the organization, think of a funnel, you have a narrowing in the middle, a wide open area at one end and small opening at the other end. The visionary is out in the wide open section and instructs back to the small opening at the other end to do this or that. A short period of time goes by and he / she is frustrated because what they saw and instructed is not done. Why?

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The workers back at the small opening can’t see the big picture through the narrow opening in the middle, they don’t see what the visionary see’s way out there, they can’t even see where he is. The problem is at the narrow opening in the middle right? There has to be someone there that can clearly articulate what the visionary wants done back to the people (workers) in the small opening at the back. You might say things get lost in translation, it can happen if the person in the middle does not clearly understand what the visionary wants!

So what does this have to do with my vision for 2010. It’s obvious to me that there is a bigger problem than the funnel, it’s the man in the middle. Having someone who can build the plan so the workers can get done what the visionary wants completed. My vision, to help that person or organizations with a simple way to build that Strategic Technology Plan and to ensure that all businesses indeed do have a plan. Most don’t, they rely on internal staff, staff that don’t know how to build a plan because they are frankly too close to the problem(s). Most business owners think they know how, but they all too often are using the wrong filters to truly understand what the I.T. Plan should look like and be. Some of the smartest business people in the world don’t fully understand what needs to be in the I.T. Strategic Plan, hence they should hire the right people and or consultants to help build that strategy. No matter how big or small your business is, you should have a good plan on how technology will drive your business.

Most organizations have not documented what thier business processes are! How could they possibly know which software application, payroll, HR, CRM software and what have you to implement if they don’t know each and every process it takes to get the job done in a day. My goal is to ensure as many businesses / owners as possible have a good I.T. Plan. This has very little to do with Social Media but it has much to do with Technology overall. Social Media happens to be a large part of my work at the moment and it’s the hot topic of discussion everywhere I go.

My Plans for 2010:

  • Increase Public Speaking Engagements – on The New Technology, I.T. Strategies / Planning
  • To educate and teach 100 businesses develop an I.T. Strategic Plan. (roughly 8 new businesses per month)
  • Develop a video series on developing I.T. Strategic Plans. ( The I.T. Strategic Planning Series)
  • Continue working on my next eBook, The New Technology Pt 2. (hope to complete by end of 2010)
  • Write more often on my Blog. (daily if possible)
  • Get more subscribers on my Blog.
  • And of course, increase revenues ( I have to put that on here)

If you don’t have a list of items or targets, stop right now and make one…make two! What are you aiming for in 2010 and how do you plan to hit your targets? Better yet, what’s your I.T. Strategy for 2010?

I can see a problem with my list already, if I want to be successful, I have to find a few things to not consider doing. I may have to hire or partner up if I want to achieve all my goals.

What’s On Your List?

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14 Comments

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  2. Rob Cairns on December 13, 2009 at 8:53 PM

    Owen great list and well put:) Moving forward and having a vision is really important. Goals short and long term are important as well. Well put:)



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  5. Michele Price on December 28, 2009 at 7:30 AM

    Owen I support you in your goals fro 2010. They are well thought out and valuable. Now, can we get others to do the same? Have you seen @Dave_Carpenter #2010plan. You two are brilliant like minded people.



    • Owen Greaves on December 28, 2009 at 7:49 AM

      Thanks, well…most people don’t plan which means they plan to fail. I’ll make sure I check out Dave Carpenter.



  6. Michelle Mangen on December 28, 2009 at 6:57 PM

    Owen:

    I think it’s great that you are sharing your goals with everyone who visits your blog! What a great way to hold yourself accountable.

    I will be doing the same thing myself-hopefully I’ll get it all ironed out by the end of the week. I spent quite a few hours over Xmas working on it. I have one good chunk written and have to finish up the rest.

    Of course, I’ll let you know when the post goes live as well so you can read my list.

    As far as partnering up…you know a Virtual Assistant can help with some things. LOL – you know I had to say that, right?

    Here’s to your 2010 plan and a bigger year than you have ever had!



    • Owen Greaves on December 28, 2009 at 7:08 PM

      Hi Michelle,

      Thanks for your comment. I just want to lay out there and see what the big guy upstairs has in store for me. I love to help people, businesses and the like. As far as partnering goes, I’m not there yet but you will be top of the list.

      I hope your plans work out for you too, and of course, if I can be of service to you : ) — you know I had to say that, right? : 0

      Talk to you soon.



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  8. Coughlinb on October 19, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Owen.. Its Bill Coughlin I meet you with Rick Rake in Mission’ coffee shop

    That was so exciting to meet you .. I would really like some face time

    Coffee?? in the valley
    I’m live at Cultus but in Abby all the time



    • owengreaves on October 19, 2010 at 7:22 PM

      Hi Bill, I remember you very well, glad to see you here on my Blog, I hope it helps you. I have some time on Wednesday (tomorrow) in the morning around 10AM, we could meet at Tim Horton’s Whaycom Road if you like.

      Talk to you soon, you may want to shoot me an email instead of posting here.



  9. Coughlinb on October 19, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Owen.. Its Bill Coughlin I meet you with Rick Rake in Mission’ coffee shop

    That was so exciting to meet you .. I would really like some face time

    Coffee?? in the valley
    I’m live at Cultus but in Abby all the time



    • owengreaves on October 19, 2010 at 7:22 PM

      Hi Bill, I remember you very well, glad to see you here on my Blog, I hope it helps you. I have some time on Wednesday (tomorrow) in the morning around 10AM, we could meet at Tim Horton’s Whaycom Road if you like.

      Talk to you soon, you may want to shoot me an email instead of posting here.



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