None of us did.
Any Five-Year Plans that were made in the beginning of 2008 would not be producing fruit in today's market. The market changed in ways no one was expecting.
Do you think the plans you've made this year have any chance of accurately predicting what will be happening in 2018?
"We cannot plan our way into the future. We must learn our way into the future." -Jeff De Cagna
The one thing you can plan on with certainty is unforeseen events, seismic market shifts, new threats, new challenges, and a marketplace no one in today's world would recognize.
The one thing you can do to prepare for that is to learn more. Read more blogs that challenge your views of the world. Take more classes that stimulate your mind. Attend more events that change your perspective.
The more you learn, the more likely you will be on the leading edge of those changes. The more you learn, the more likely you'll be able to implement the strategies that will succeed in the new market. The more you learn, the more likely your current plans will be able to adjust to the new challenges.
I'm not saying that planning is bad. But strict five-year plans that do not take into account the fast-moving changes in today's business climate have little chance of succeeding. Learning organizations will always have the leg up on planning organizations, because they will be nimble and smart enough to make the necessary changes to succeed.
PS Plans change. Values do not. Know the difference. Regardless of the products and services, we'll always be here to make you smile.