Strategic Planning and Systems Thinking Foundations for Entrepreneurs

Most entrepreneurs and small business owners say they should spend more time planning, but never seem to fit it in. They claim that other pressing needs of running their business get in the way, but the reality is that they don’t make time to plan because they aren’t sure how to go about creating plans that will make a difference. This individual entrepreneur training program introduces entrepreneurs to the business literacy and strategic planning they need to build strong business foundations and optimize business systems, strategy and profitability on an ongoing basis as their business grows.

Instructional Objectives:

The following topics will be covered:

  • The Kyosei Thrive Model, a framework for developing a strong business, brand and culture that is the foundation for customer service excellence, engaged employees, and profit optimization;
  • The four Core Passions that form the foundation of a strong business, culture and brand (as well as for employee performance and fulfillment);
  • Why clarity of business purpose matters for service excellence, employee performance and retention, increasing and retaining market share, and improving business profits;
  • How clarity of vision links to employee performance and business profitability;
  • The difference between vision, goals, and strategic plans;
  • Why values matter. How values clarity streamlines service levels, reduces conflict, increases brand strength, attracts great customers and employees and facilitates rapid growth.
  • The importance of defining your business strengths and differentiators;
  • What is a system and how systems benefit both employees and the business;
  • Definition of Result of Note™ systems thinking;
  • Why clarity on business culture and brand foundations is required to create Result of Note systems;
  • The difference between systems and habits and why both are important;
  • The 6-step process of creating Result of Note systems;
  • How systems thinking links to customer service excellence;
  • How to evaluate the cost of any business frustration and the profit potential of resolving it;
  • How to build systems to reinforce your desired brand and culture throughout all areas of the company;
  • What strategic planning is and isn’t;
  • Different types and phases of strategic planning;
  • Strategic planning pitfalls; and
  • Measuring and monitoring: How to stay on track

Measurable Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the training, participants will:

  • Understand the Kyosei Thrive model, a framework for improving business performance, driving customer service excellence, and enhancing personal performance and fulfillment in their role;
  • Understand why and how to clearly communicate the Core Passions of their business to all customers and stakeholders who are instrumental to growing the success of their company;
  • Have identified initial priorities for developing or fine-tuning systems and habits to begin reinforcing the culture and brand throughout all operations of the business.
  • Understand how systems thinking is critical to ensure consistent delivery of high levels of customer service that aligns with the core mission, vision, values, strengths and brand promise of the business;
  • Know why systems are important and how they can help them find more time to do what they do best and enjoy most at work while contributing even more to business results;
  • Be able to clearly define the difference between Band-Aid systems and Result of Note systems;
  • Be able to use a simple process to identify their frustrations and turn them into Result of Note systems;
  • Know how to identify key opportunities and strategies for implementing systems that will increase sales, foster productivity and efficiency, and increase customer service excellence.;
  • Feel more confident, empowered and excited to create systems that will make their work easier, more fun and more effective;
  • Be able to participate effectively in annual, quarterly and monthly strategic planning sessions; and
  • Have clarity on how their role impacts the achievement of strategic business priorities.

Assessement Methods:

Our instructors are continuously assessing the student’s comprehension and ability to apply their learning through assignments, case studies, and interactive classroom activities that check for understanding. This is crucial in today’s fast-paced business environment as each new skill participants not only learn, but are able to apply in the workplace will have a huge positive impact on the business’s ability to thrive. Unlike structured public courses at colleges and universities that provide more general knowledge and must follow a rigid timeline, our on-site group training format allows our instructors to take the time to ensure that participants are able to take the skills and knowledge they gain in class and apply it to their unique situation to get the results they want in their work and business. We assess the student’s learning and progress using the following methods:

  • Application assignments for in between each training session to apply what was learned in their role in the business. (These assignments are sent in to the instructor in between each session so that the instructor can review them and provide further feedback if the student has not completed the assignment correctly.)
  • Interactive exercises, questions and discussion during the training sessions to ensure that the student understands how to apply the concepts in their role and/or business.
  • Student self-evaluation of their learning at the beginning and end of the program. (This is a brief 5 minute paper survey that the student takes at the beginning and end of each module to provide them with a measure of the knowledge they have gained from the training).
  • (Note: Our instructors are always available via phone and e-mail in-between training sessions should students need assistance with their assignments. This ensures that students are able to complete assignments and be fully prepared to build on their learning in the next session.)

This program builds competencies in the following areas:

Duration: 24 Hours, 36 Hours

Format: Entrepreneur Training, One-on-One Training