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A Spoonful of Strategy

In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun!


But when it comes to running your business, the line between 'fun' and 'functional' can blur like chalk drawings on a sidewalk after rain. Are you dancing to the tune of chance, or are you orchestrating your own symphony? Let's explore the two primary modes of business operations through a rather whimsical lens—shall we?




Reactionary Revelry:

Going with the Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Flow.


In the words of our beloved nanny, "Well begun is half done." However, in the world of business, beginning often equates to reacting. You find yourself gliding along with the currents, without so much as a compass or map. It's exhilarating at first—akin to flying a kite in a gusty wind—you're aloft, you're airborne, but where are you going?

In this Reactive mode, plans are as amorphous as clouds. You navigate by intuition, propelled by the winds of circumstance. Every day is Uncle Albert's tea party—floating with laughter, dealing with whatever Jolly Holiday surprises come your way.


Practically Perfect Planning:

The Proactive Path.


Now, consider the alternative—where you're more than just a paper plane tossed in the tempest. Envision yourself plotting a course, piloting your ship with intent, steering towards that clear horizon. This is the Proactive mode.


"No pie crust promises," as Mary would say. This approach involves diligent preparation for what's ahead—a tapestry of strategy woven with threads of foresight. Like preparing for a Jolly Holiday outing, you know the destination, the route, and even the contents of your carpet bag (metaphorically speaking).


Start-up endeavors often taste the spoonful of sugar in reactive mode—it's a necessity, like learning to spell 'Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.' Experimentation is your game, validation, your aim. You adjust your hat according to the weather, responding astutely to feedback and critiques.


Transitioning from start-up to growth should mirror shifting from reaction to action. It’s like Mary swapping her carousel horse for a Roman chariot—there's direction, there's purpose. No longer do you simply react; you plan, project, and proceed.


Beware the pitfalls of perennial reactivity—for many an entrepreneur has found themselves in a Tuppence predicament, where the status quo feels comfortable enough, yet they yearn for the thrills of Cherry Tree Lane.


Being reactionary might bring a twinkle to your eye; after all, isn't life a grand adventure full of surprises to which one must rise? However, the thrill of unpredictability brings neither stability nor sustainability to your team. Reactivity breeds chaos, and even the best chimney sweeps can't clean up the resulting soot.



Reflection under the Parrot Umbrella:

Which Mode are You In?


Ask yourself, are you twirling in reactive revelries or stepping in time proactively? If your business waltz has turned into more of a frenetic tap dance, fear not. Even if my name isn’t exactly Mary Poppins, as a Certified Online Business Manager, I carry my own brand of magic—one that transforms reactive missteps into proactive choreography.


So let's close that troublesome kite that keeps dragging you along and instead, pull out your own measuring tape. It's time to see if your business measures up to 'Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way,' or if a change in the wind is what's needed. After all, every task you undertake becomes a piece of cake—when planned. Shall we begin?





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