Gotta love Resource Management!
by Jan Yuill
For one thing, every business depends on it! You can have great intentions, great people, and great customers but if you are not able to deliver … well, you won’t be in business for long!
Another reason, is that I have discovered that products are just as much fun as services! For many years my practice was mostly service – consulting, coaching, facilitation, training – built on repeat work and referrals. I had no business plan. I relied on the quality of the service to speak for me.
But as I have grown the Organizations Alive!™ work (and business plan!), the focus has shifted to include products. People want tools that they can work with, take home, and refer back to again later. That was my reason for writing the book in the first place – i.e. to share the model with others in a nice, neat package that could travel where ever they happened to go. But it has grown to include Training Materials, Facilitator Manuals, Presentation Tools, Marketing Resources, the new Reference and Inquiry Guide, … and lots more.
And what a learning curve it has been! Design. Graphics. Layout. Printing. Packaging. Shipping. Pricing. Marketing. Inventory. On and on. It is so strange for me to ‘talk’ wholesale and retail, discounts, package deals, etc. but here I am … in Resource Management!
What about you? What’s in your Resource Management quadrant? What are your inputs, throughputs, and outputs? What should they be?
The new Reference and Inquiry Guide is designed to help you explore these questions in an honest, systematic, and probing manner. Check it out!