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The One Hour Plan For Growth: How a Single Sheet of Paper Can Take Your Business to the Next Level

ISBN: 978-0-470-88096-8
208 pages
November 2010
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A proven system for creating a clear and compelling business growth plan

There are 15 million businesses in the United States, and 13 million of them don't utilize a planning process. Yet having a planning process is the most reliable predictor of whether a business will grow.

The One Hour Plan for Growth provides a proven system for any business to create a clear and compelling business growth plan that fits on a single sheet of paper in about one hour. This book is a quick read, and you and your people stay energized and focused on your top priorities.

  • Covers the six essential elements of the dynamic business growth plan: Vision, Mission, Values, Objectives, Strategies, and Priorities
  • Previously the top-rated speaker for Stephen Covey's organization, the author is now a successful speaker and consultant with some of the world's finest small and mid-sized companies
The book delivers a proven planning process that engages employees, develops leadership capacity, improves performance, and accelerates growth.
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Table of Contents

Dedication and Acknowledgements.

Foreword (Stephen R. Covey).

Introduction Live a Great Life and Grow a Great Business.

Part 1 Planning for Growth.

Chapter 1: The Shortcut.

Chapter 2: An Overview of The One Hour Plan.

Part 2 Where Do You Want to Go? Step 1: Write Down the Long-Term Aspirations. That Drive You and Your Team (25 minutes total).

Chapter 3: Vision – What big goal will inspire you and your team? (6 minutes).

Chapter 4: Mission for Others – What contribution do you make to your customers lives? (6 minutes).

Chapter 5: Values – What standards will help your team enjoy working together? (6 minutes).

Chapter 6: Objectives – How will you measure success? (7 minutes).

Part 3 Where are You Now? – Step 2: Write Down the brutal realities facing your team (10 minutes total).

Chapter 7: Facing the Brutal Realities – What are the big issues that must be addressed?  (10 minutes).

Part 4 How Will You Get From Here to There? – Step 3: Write Down the Key Steps (25 minutes total).

Chapter 8: Strategies – What are the major categories of work to be done? (15 minutes).

Chapter 9: Priorities – Who will do what by when? (10 minutes).

Chapter 10: Action Plans – Putting it on the calendar and getting it done.

Part 5.

Chapter 11: What's Next? How to Create and Execute a Team Plan For Years to Come.

Appendix 1 Organizational Health Assessment.

Appendix 2 SWOT Analysis.


About the Author.

Additional Planning Resources.

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Author Information

Joe Calhoon is a business strategist, author, and keynote speaker. In the past twenty-five years, he has worked with more than 500 organizations to develop leaders, improve organizational performance, and achieve business growth. For advanced planning tools, go to www.1Hour2Plan.com.

To book Joe Calhoon for a speaking or consulting engagement, visit www.JoeCalhoon.com.

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Press Release

October 04, 2010
The One Hour Plan for Growth

Author and Speaker Joe Calhoon Explains Why Businesses Need to Plan for Growth, and How it can be Done in Just One Hour.

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