Author: Ian

21 Nov

Can you mentor more than one person at a time?

Recently I was asked by a small business with two managing partners, if I could mount a mentoring programme for the two of them – not individually but concurrently. This gave me pause for thought. Normally my mentoring had been on a strictly one-to-one basis. A key part of the process is always analyzing and
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9 Nov

Example of sorting and grouping items with cards

Sorting and grouping items There are hundreds of ways that you can sort and group items in your plan. In this example we’ve built a business plan and then sorted the items under the various functions – here we have chosen finance, marketing, production and admin. Alternatively you could sort tasks by department or branch,
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9 Nov

Example of tasks grouped by stages

Tasks grouped by stages. Timelines are not the only way to create plans, often you want to group tasks into meaningful clusters. Here is an example where tasks have been grouped in stages. In this case we are not necessarily interested in the order in which each individual task is done, just identifying the items
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9 Nov

Example of timelines by person

Timelines by person. You don’t have to have just one timeline. You may want to create parallel plans for yourself and your colleagues. These need not all start at the same point – for example Sarah needs to get some of her tasks completed before Bob and Lucy begin.

9 Nov

Example of a basic timeline plan

Basic timeline plan. This is perhaps the most common usage – a timeline, in this case starting at the far left and running task by task to the far right. Tasks happen one after another, but some things need to happen at the same time – you can see these in the vertical columns. You
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9 Nov

Building timelines

Let’s look at a business plan as a timeline. Remember all businesses are different – your priorities differ and you may have some tasks already in hand or completed. So this is just one possible approach by me to a fictitious business plan. The first question for a timeline is, ‘Where do you begin?’ The
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9 Nov

Building timelines

Let’s look at a business plan as a timeline. Remember all businesses are different – your priorities differ and you may have some tasks already in hand or completed. So this is just one possible approach by me to a fictitious business plan. The first question for a timeline is, ‘Where do you begin?’ The
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