You’ve probably heard the saying, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”

This especially is true in business. Perhaps there is no better time than to take stock and plan for the future – NOW.

Of course, readers know what the word “plan” means but sometimes it helps to be reminded.

“A plan is a course of action pointing the way to the position you hope to attain. It should explicate what you need to do today to achieve your objectives tomorrow,” reads an article in the Harvard Business Review. “In the current context (of the pandemic), the question is what you must do to get through the crisis and go back to business when it ends.

“The lack of a plan only exacerbates disorientation in an already confusing situation. When drawing up the steps you intend to take, think broadly and deeply, and take a long view.”

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I especially enjoyed reading those last few words: “think broadly and deeply” and “take a long view.”

Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the minutia. I know it is for me, but I also find that I feel more at ease when I look at the big picture – when I capture the long view.

If there is one theme about this month’s issue of Prairie Business, it just might be about planning.

Of course, the articles are about architecture and construction topics and technology in the legal professionals business, among others; but taking that “deeper” look at these topics you’ll find what architects, engineering firms, and construction companies are doing across the region as they plan for the future, whether it’s designing a new commercial building or coming up with fresh ideas to incorporate into their business practices.

Ackerman-Estvold, a firm based in Minot, N.D., for instance, is considering new design features for businesses in a post-pandemic world.

Also, our legal topic is about technology and estate planning. As Skyler Johnson of Sage Legal in East Grand Forks, Minn., said, in essence, it is never too early to plan for the future.

Likewise, often it is not too late to plan – though eventually there comes a time when it is too late.

Don’t find yourself on that end of the business spectrum or, for that matter, in life.

We do a lot of planning at Prairie Business – what topics and themes to cover, what companies to reach out to, what art and layout features to use and many more items to consider.

Planning in many aspects of life, and definitely in business, is paramount.

And then there’s this: We’re planning that you’ll like the June edition.

Andrew Weeks
Andrew Weeks