Do you have a strategic or business plan in place? Strategic and business plans are not just for the large corporate sized organisations. Strategic and Business plans provide directives and objectives for a practice. They encourage us to look at our values and set vision and mission statements and priorities/objectives/goals. We use these as a tool as to how we will focus our energy and resources to strengthen our systems in order to facilitate the desired outcome of the plan. It is also a useful reference tool, particularly when we may divert off the path at times, providing us with a reflection point. We can use these as a measure of our success or in fact to renegotiate our objectives/goals. They are not difficult to write, but require a certain amount of reflection from the business owner/s in order to achieve a common ground, particularly if there is more than one director.