"History does say again itself" ... even in your business organization UNLESS you consciously flout the outline. The lonesome utmost celebrated strategical pace to pocket to forestall repeating your business organization ancient times in 2007 can be summarized in two words: Strategic Review .

Jumping into a new time period without strategically assessing your 2006 grades is killer to your company. Why? Because you will regurgitate the very strategical mistakes, imitative the selfsame reading and see restricted gain for all your rugged hard work.

I know, reviewing your prior year's results is not as lustful as formulating new grandiose visions and goals for 2007. However, the benefits - such as, clearer direction, higher enactment gains, and a stronger competitory margin - far outgo the small land of occurrence and brainpower might.

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Let's gawk at the top 3 key plan of action parameters you will privation to address:


** What were your revenues, expenditure and earnings - general and by each article of trade or service?

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** What % of your revenues/profits were generated by each?

** What were your strongest income months, what were your weakest months and why?

** What were your biggest expenditure and how did they add to your nethermost column (quantify if possible)?

** What is your underway financial obligation and what % of outlay is mortal funded by debt?


** What was the net soar in your customer plinth for the total year? average time unit increase?

** What was your wearing rate?

** How does your shopper plinth flout fuzz demographically: by age, gender, industry, proceeds level, geography?

** What was your border line revenue (or merchandising volume) per customer?

** How does your buyer foundation break lint by frequency of purchase?


** Name all the mercantilism methods which you used in 2006.

** What % of your revenues and patron foundation came from all method?

** What % of your regulars came through with referrals?

** What % of your overall mercantilism costs were unvoluntary by each method?

There are heaps much parameters - specified as human resources, operations, on-line and new trade goods/service development, commercial enterprise trends and opportunities - that can and should be addressed in your yearly scrutiny.

When I instigate beside a new client, they plague out my sole 7 folio Smart Build Business Assessment. It gives a door-to-door snap colorful of their modern concern show - financials ... merchandise/service strategies, expenses and outcomes ... evaluation strategies and ism ... and 20-30 some other unfavourable rite parameters - as asymptomatic as account in the order of their forthcoming goals and itinerary. With such elaborated information, I can see patterns in results, ceremonial drains, uncomprehensible gross opportunities, under-leveraged strengths, and considerably more.

Answering even these few uncomplicated questions for yourself will jumpstart your quality to engineer smarter strategic business concern decisions in 2007. It's the prime step to achieving exponential gains in your pedestal dash.


Once you have answered the above questions, now do a qualitative estimate of your 2006 business organization ceremonial. Ask yourself such questions as:

** What were your most commercial products/services and how can you expand, deepen or leverage them in 2007?

** Which should you let go of?

** What are your best markets and how can you get into those markets further?

** What can you do to amplification your customers' buying rate?

** What can you do to lessen your merchandising incident and costs?

If you are spent of slow but sure growth, fringy results or meager performance, don't let your company yore reaffirm itself. Get strategically trim in tne new yr. May you education unstoppable concern glory in 2007!

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