Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance

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When undertaking any endeavour, the planning stage is of paramount importance to your success. Just take these examples of planning failures to show you what can happen if you fail to plan properly.

Space is 76 miles away, or 122.31km, depending on where you were born. If you’re old school and prefer the Imperial method, then it is the former, if you’ve gone Metric, then it is the latter. I say it depends on where you were born because more often than not where you were raised dictates which method you subscribe to. Usually in the 21st century it is the Americans that still deal in Imperial measurements and the Europeans that love the Metric system.

So, what happens when you want to undertake a collaborative project across nations? A global coming-together of the world’s best and brightest to overcome problems and achieve goals that are just too big for any one country to achieve?

You both use your own measurements and mess it up royally by getting it all mismatched. Then later try and figure out (after you’ve both done most of the work) how to put your two halves together at the end. That is if you work for the respective space agencies of the USA or the Russian Federation. Towards the end of the 20th Century when both nations were collaborating on space stations and space exploration, problems (allegedly) arose due to the different measurement systems used by each nation. My advice? If you’re working on something as accuracy-critical as spacecraft design then pick ONE methodology and stick to it. Just sayin’.

My next example of stunningly bad planning is that of Tesco’s attempt to break into the Asian supermarket-market a couple of years ago.

Attempting to open an existing business in a new market is tough at the best of times. When trying to enter a new global market in an industry as competitive as that of supermarkets- the challenges are multiplied. So you’d think that a company attempting such a costly and bold challenge would make sure they knew exactly what they were doing and plan extensively.

Well, that’s what you’d think right? Whether Tesco were over-confident or drunk is up for debate when they stocked their new overseas stores with clothing that wouldn’t fit a large majority of the target consumer’s bodies. That’s right, Tesco stocked these stores with western clothing in sizes medium and large, which were too large for the people to wear. Maybe they just expected people to grow into the newly-available threads, or perhaps they were aiming for the Asian big and tall market? More than likely though is that their plan was hastily written on a paper napkin that then got used to clean up spilt coffee; after which they then tried to guess what the plan was from the crumpled up remains.

If you’re looking to create a decent business plan then do it properly and hire a professional. Business plan writers such as know their stuff. Don’t be a Tesco.


Comments: 14

  1. Arletha July 2, 2013 at 8:21 pm Reply

    I am entering the job market, and I have a double major on my diploma. I was just wondering from those who do hiring or have done so, does it make a difference to see a double major on someone’s diploma?

  2. Jerry July 3, 2013 at 11:32 am Reply

    Romney , no doubt understands the implications of the “Seven Ps.” Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. A concept apparently NOT understood by Obama!

    Obama has make things worse – MUCH WORSE! All the meaningful stats have been continually going south!

    Mitt will NOT be “experimenting,” he knows what needs to be done – and will do it! Mitt will make an excellent president! He has the skills and the experience needed for this job! He has kept the “high road” during the campaign which shows his “character!” The Benghazi tragedy would NOT have happened under a Romney watch!

    Another Ohioan voting for Mitt!

  3. Towanda July 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm Reply

    It say that it must be postmarked before feb 16, how is that possible for me if sunday is a no work day and feb 16 is presidents day??

  4. Johnna August 2, 2013 at 3:30 pm Reply

    …with the slogan “2 cool 2 do drugs” printed along each pencil…

    As the pencils were sharpened, they then read
    “cool 2 do drugs”, then after a little more sharpening, simply
    “do drugs”!

  5. Sallie September 26, 2013 at 3:06 am Reply

    is it bcause i am self concious

  6. Berneice October 2, 2013 at 10:54 pm Reply

    When I worked in a hi-tech company 7 years ago, my boss passed this 7p sentence to everyone to encourage good working atitude. The problem is I cannot remember even any one of these words. Any one knows it? Thanks.

  7. Everett November 11, 2013 at 7:39 pm Reply

    Okay, I want an answer to a weird thought I had. The Imperial System (foot, pound, mile, gallon) originated in England. Does England still use it, or did they adopt the metric system also? If they did adopt the metric system, WHY did they do it. USA doesn’t do it because it would cost to much to convert all machines, road signs, packaging, etc, but why would England abandon their own system?

  8. Charlott December 23, 2013 at 4:54 am Reply

    I live in A one story house and my window is Near the groubd. I need to know how to remove the screen with outwaking anyone up. If you give Me ANY lectures or ANYTHING Other then how to remove my screen i will hunt you down. I’m getting it of this house I can’t take it any more in just gong to ride my bike to the park for an hour at midnight.

  9. Alfonso January 24, 2014 at 2:39 am Reply

    I plan to go to the beach in a few weeks, but I don’t have a flat stomach..
    I want to know the most effective & SIMPLE way, thanks 🙂

  10. Miyoko January 28, 2014 at 4:56 pm Reply

    “Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance?”
    @ BAM – Wanna bet? Romney was a very successful business man who made money for his company – as WAS his job! Obama? Successful BSer! ON… the taxpayer’s dime!

  11. Luis January 31, 2014 at 6:48 pm Reply

    Prior proper planning prevents piss poor performance

  12. Brandon February 2, 2014 at 6:56 pm Reply

    Ok so i need some help i have only been to too shows that were hosted by my riding stable so it wasn’t a real horse show and i might be going to one soon and i wanted some tips like does the steward talk at all? please help i’m nervous!
    I’m just doing a simple walk trot class (because the horse i ride is really hard to canter with)

  13. Sumiko February 22, 2014 at 7:39 am Reply

    Prior Proper Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance!!

    Net program that was set up was over TEN YEARS OLD!

  14. Dee February 27, 2014 at 6:01 pm Reply

    theres a bit of disscusion i need to do for my report. its relevance and application to everyday life.
    my report was if adding milk to coffee before or after the hot water would keep it warmer for longer. when the milk is added last to the coffee it was warmer. how do i apply that to daily life?????????????????? thank you!

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