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What soldiers can teach company owners about business planning

Setting up a business and making plans for its future may sound relatively simple, but is it? Some company owners in Georgia and elsewhere may find that it is anything but. When it comes to business planning, those with the answers may not be business-minded people at all. Instead, they are individuals whose lives literally depend on planning.

Soldiers in the United States Armed Forces live and die by plans and how they are carried out. They may not want to be where they are at, but by having detailed plans in place, it helps them return home to their families. Battlefield planning is akin to business planning in many ways. If not done properly, missions and businesses may fail.

So, how do military members plan their missions? The first thing that happens before heading into battle is leaders must outline the battlefield. They need to know where they are going and what obstacles may stand in their way. Then they need to state their mission -- what are they trying to accomplish? There has to be a goal, or the whole thing will just seem pointless.

After figuring out what they are trying to achieve, a plan can be created, tasks assigned, needs determined and communication lines established. All of these things are important in business as well. A business owner cannot do it all alone. It often takes a lot of people working together to get things moving in a positive direction.

Company owners in Georgia do not have to go through the business planning process alone. They can seek help, which will only assist them in reaching their goals. With the assistance of legal counsel, they can make sure all concerns are appropriately addressed.

Source:, "What a combat patrol can teach you about business planning", Shawn Rhodes, Oct. 20, 2017

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