One of the things I love to do more than anything else, is hearing about successful people. Better than that, when these successful people come together and build network that supports them in their efforts. In my area there is such a group known as, Fraser Valley Enterprising Moms Network, if you don’t know anything about them, please visit their website. So why am I promoting this group? Two reasons, firstly, they are doing some cool things, with 10 Chapters now up and running, they hold monthly events with guest speakers. Secondly, they invited me to speak!

From the Enterprising Moms Network Site:

EMN offers you a place to come to remind you that you aren’t alone and that it is possible to be a good mom and a good business woman as well.

We combines topics that are relevant to YOU – from business topics such as marketing, budgeting, loan assistance to health concerns, raising children, and relationships.

In addition, we invite dynamic speakers who are leading experts and successful mom entrepreneurs to share their experiences and knowledge with you.

EMN has it all – including invaluable networking opportunities, extensive resources and an online forum for you to access throughout the month.

Join us online or at a chapter meeting in your area today and see why EMN is the place to be for all mom entrepreneurs!


If you are Mom and want to be in business, this group of incredible women can help you, and you will soon find you aren’t alone. Be sure to join a Chapter or better yet, start one in your area.

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We’ve covered Vision & Mission, KRA’s and Objectives so far, today I want to talk to you about Action Plans. As you know nothing happens without action of some sort, even writing this article requires action on my part. This area of your strategic plan does not have to be an exhaustive list but a substantial one, these items should also have dates beside them as targets for delivery or completion.

This list might look like a To Do List in or on any other document but this is your bigger picture stuff that goes into your short & long term plans. I am listing for you a few items that might be on your list but you’ll have to assess your situation and build your list. This action list should be in line with some or all items listed in your objectives, this list will cover a broad scope of projects & items you want to get done over the next 12 to 18 to 24 months. Also keep in mind this list is not written in stone, it is like a budget, it’s a guide to keep you on track with the organizations needs. You may make changes to this plan as circumstances arise and technology advances.

1. Identify the most effective software package for the organization – 2Q – 2010

2. Prepare 5 year budget for core applications – 3Q – 2010

3. To prepare a general implementation plan and schedule for core applications for the next 18 – 24 months – 3Q – 2010

4. Develop strategy to train staff – 3Q – 2010

5. Complete a formal review of Network Infrastructure – 2Q – 2010

This list could have over 20 projects or items on it, it’s like a to do list you want to complete in a timely fashion in the upcoming months. At this point you have been assessing your organizations needs and requirements, then documenting your findings. You should have met with all departments and subject matter experts to learn as much as you can about the current shortcomings of your existing core applications. You also would have collected a wish list from each department to assist in assessing or identifying the appropriate software package that will handle 80 – 90% of the organizations process. Your goal is to make the staff’s job easier and giving customers better support by automating as many processes as possible.

As you can see these plans can take on different shapes and sizes but you as the I.T. Leader must know your organizations needs, if you don’t, that’s your first task before you can build an intelligent I.T. Strategic Plan. In the next part of our mock plan, we will shift gears and move into the Analysis part of our plan.