Liberate Your Time by Developing Your Company Organization Chart

Your company’s organizational strategy is centred around the development and communication of your Organization Chart. The Organization Chart takes the form of a graphical representation of the positions in your company. The top Position in the company (i.e. CEO or General Manager) is placed at the top of the Organization Chart. The various layers of management and supporting Positions are then arranged under the relevant management Positions right down to the lowest levels of the Organization.

Your Organization Chart not only defines the Positions in your business but the Employees assigned to those Positions. The Organization Chart clearly communicates the management and reporting structure of your business, specifically who an Employee assigned to a Position reports to directly.

It is extremely useful when developing your Organization Chart to take the time to design how you want your company to be structured when it is finished the Business Development Process. This approach will have the effect of setting a path for the development of your company. Once defined you and your Employees take the actions required to make it a reality.

Develop the Positions in your Organization Chart to be representative of specific work roles in your company. You should not develop your Organization Chart based on the employees you currently have in the company, rather you should develop the Positions based on logical groupings of work. One of the benefits of developing an Organization Chart is that it enables your company to become less dependent on specific employees and more dependent on the structure that you have developed.

An Effective Organization Chart: – Communicates to your staff where you plan to take the business. – Makes it easy to show new employees where they fit into the business. – Gives you the opportunity to evaluate your current employees and how they fit into the future of your business. – Shows existing employees what options they have for career advancement. – Leaves no question as to who an Employee assigned to a Position should be reporting to.

Depending on where you are in the development of your company you will probably be filling many of the positions yourself. By choosing a position and actually defining and documenting the systems the position is responsible for, you can readily employ someone to fill the position. This allows you to begin the development of other positions in the company.
You will get to a point where all of the positions in the Organization Chart are developed and you will have employees assigned to these positions. This allows you to begin taking a more strategic role in the development of your business or to take a step back and enjoy the freedom that a well defined business allows you. This is a great place to reach and is a huge step in your business’s development and your own personal development.

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Business Plans 101

A business plan acts as a road map or compass; without it you will get lost in your business.

The biggest mistake is simply putting it off.

A plan contains a description of your business, an evaluation of your main competitors and several financial calculations.

But why are so many people so afraid or intimidated to write these plans of actions?

Many new business owners are so over-enthusiastic about their business concept, that they are desperately eager to begin and do not have the patience to look at the economic realities involved in their business.

Filling out the many financial forms in your plan can be an overwhelming process for any new business owner. Many are so intimidated by the financial calculations that they want to skip this process. If you recognize either of these tendencies in yourself, it is even more important that you prepare your financial calculations carefully and pay attention to what they tell you. Do not try to get out of it by telling yourself that your financial estimates will be wildly off base and yield useless results.

To alleviate this type of intimidation many have with a plan, it is imperative that Certified Public Accountants, bookkeepers, business plan or financial consultants be a part of your business support team. If you do not have these experts to assist you with your plans, you can take a course in accounting and buy the latest accounting programs.

Other resources to help you write a business plan include books, colleges and universities that work with Small Business Development Centers and counselors and mentors at the Service Corps of Retired Executives (SCORE). They provide low-cost classes on how to write business plans from $40 to $60.

Remember you are the brains of your business; your accountant is the heart and your attorney is the lungs. An accountant helps you keep track of your money and an attorney helps you protect it.

Since over 90% of start-up businesses are funded by private sources such as retirement or pension plans, unemployment insurance payments, savings accounts, divorce settlements, child support payments, etc., many people skip the business plan stage.

Even if you do not need money to start your business, writing a plan will help you see if your idea will be strong from the start. Without a plan, you leave far too many things to chance.

If you started your business without writing a plan of action and now you are close to running out of funds, then chances are you need to write an expansion business plan to look for other financing options while you move your business to the next level.

When seeking out funding for your business you need to make yourself known to financing sources well in advance of asking for financial help; approach multiple sources of financing; educate yourself on the available financing options; know which options are available to your type of service or product; determine which options to pursue at various phases of your company’s growth and always be ready to prepare your business for financing.

You definitely will need a plan if you are going to apply for a business loan, need investors, have business partners, have a management team, or are selling the business.

You can use your plan as a tool to generate interest from financiers, prospective employees and strategic partners.

Before you even start to write your plan, get copies of loan applications used by banks, commercial finance companies, and government. These applications will give you a good idea of how much financial information you will need to include in the business plan.

The most standard plan is a start-up plan, which defines the steps for a new business and the expansion plan which will take the business to the next level or to a larger market.

The plan count is not a good way to estimate how good your plan will be. Instead, measure the plan by readability. A good plan should provide a reader with a general idea of what a business owner is trying to accomplish after skimming or browsing over it for 15 minutes. The more standard start-up and expansion plans developed for showing outsiders normally run 20-40 pages of text, easy to read, well-spaced text, formatted in bullets, illustrated by business charts and short financial tables, plus financial details in appendices. Never write a business plan 50 or more pages.

At a minimum, your plan should have the following sections: Executive Summary, Company Description, Product or Service, Market Analysis, Strategy and Implementation, Web Plan Summary, Management Team, and Financial Analysis.

The most important part of your plan is the Executive Summary. The Executive Summary is an outline of the entire business plan. If you do not have a good Executive Summary, chances are the SBA, bankers and potential investors will not read the entire business plan.

Just remember that the most important audience for a business plan is YOU! Only you are accountable to all of the statements, claims, stats and facts inside of your business plan.

Remember by skipping the business plan stage chances are your business will face many, many risks and you might find yourself out of business within 2 to 5 years.

Corporate Charting – Is a Personal Natal Wheel Valid After the Death of the Founder?

During astrological research last year on the USA as a country and all our presidents, a corporation charting method was adopted that had wider application than originally thought. It can be somewhat time consuming to do a thorough job using this method but is not difficult. The original application was for corporate charting work and could definitely turn out to be an advantage for anyone studying or doing corporate astrology. This technique stems from an older published article but I cannot locate that original article to give the author deserved credit. Apologies. For this article personal research for the corporate example given and references for adopting the technique with the presidential study will be given.

Using the research on the original article it was studied carefully examining the points the author made to verify each activation. The original example was accurate, valid and worked as presented. With a good database of corporate information available, another well-known corporation and its founder were selected that had ample dated events. The original article was used as an instruction manual to apply the theory. It was amazing how well the technique worked on the corporation and founder separately chosen, just as the author said it would.

As with much of my research, once curiosity is satisfied and learning is gleaned from the study, the material was put away. During the presidential research, this old technique came to mind. It had to be re-worked with minor adaptations for a country and presidency rather than founder and corporation, mostly re-labeling of the concepts. The technique worked amazingly well for our evolving country.

As astrologers when we want to view development in individuals we look at important events or milestones in the life of that individual. Dates such as marriage, divorce, accomplishment, accident, surgery, birth of children, or deaths of significant others in the life are examined. If we were doing such work for a non-human entity such as a corporation the dates used would be those of opening of a business, public offerings, stock splits, expansions or contractions, partnership, takeovers, mergers, and various failures or successes. The same is true of the development or milestones in the life of a country. All that is required is the re-labeling mentioned previously. The wheel of a country is the map of a collective of humans operating as one body, a humanity being so to speak. That humanity being’s progressions can show the needs and conditions of that ongoing process, a timeline of sorts.

The original article example was that of a Japanese corporation and its founder. The verifying research (for the validity of the technique) was Walt Disney and his entertainment conglomerate. The presidential research example was that of the USA Virgo Rising wheel and each of the 43 presidents that have held the office of president during our history (Grover Cleveland was president twice).

Whatever is born in a moment of time is imprinted with the energies available at that moment in time and that is true of all beginnings. A map can be cast and read for the intent and the potential and then progressing maps outline the unfolding experience. The two companies described were founded by individuals. They took on lives of their own distinct from their founder but were clearly connected to that founder as ongoing events could be simultaneously seen in both the company and the founder wheels.

A company founder will grow old and eventually die but the corporation as a child of the founder lives on. It may experience new management or ownership, but will continue its own independent life cycle. It was amazing that ongoing corporate events could be seen clearly in the founder’s wheel continuing after the founder’s death. This required suspension of prior judgment that had been based on ignorance of possibility. It also raises an interesting question: how do you continue to map a person who has already passed on? The answer is the same way you mapped that person while alive, no change in technique.

You could extend this concept to regular natal wheels and the relationship between parents and children as an example. Astrologically, a theory should hold up through various applications. Have you ever noticed that events in a spouse’s life can still show up in the other spouse’s wheel even when they are no longer together? You can have activations involving a mother figure even when the natural mother is no longer on this earth plane? Perhaps as a foster or adopted mother, a grandmother, an older woman friend or one who has been cast as an affectionate mother figure. How would you find this? Simply continue regular individual progressions past the portal we call death. Think about this, There is actual activity for a person past death such as funerals, estates, selling or other distribution of property, memorials. Look at what has happened since Michael Jackson’s death. His legacy lives on. The birth wheel of a deceased person is still a map that can illustrate that individual’s experience. Anyone interested in contributing to some research?

The USA as a country requires a slightly different reading. A country is the child of a group of minds such our Founding Fathers. They as a collective attended multiple meetings over a couple of years to formulate and to set into motion what we call our country. That would be similarly true of the formation of any other country. To repeat the concept, a group of people collectively form a governing entity. The USA was born in a moment of time. That entity, the country, takes on its own identity, intent, potential and has ongoing experience and it has its own sky map.

In the USA we elect a leader (president) to a four-year term. Occasionally circumstance and events shorten that term and an elevated, but not directly elected president may be inaugurated. From what I described earlier as an individual founding a corporation, we must make simple adjustments. A group of individuals founded the country and the country became an entity. This non-human entity has needs and requirements and attracts to itself a leader to fulfill those needs. In this adaptation, a comparison must be made between the country and the presidents inaugurated as temporary leaders of the country (eight years is our current maximum). Also, a corporation or a country should have a much longer life than an individual. In this instance the USA is 233 years old at this writing.

The universe is amazing. It provides us with maps of its patterns and continually changing energy and we have known how to read them for thousands of years. It takes a little training and skill to learn to construct and read those maps just as it takes training and skill for any other endeavor. To not use the maps the universe provided is silly, but humanity gets stuck in fear and superstition continually. We fear what we do not understand and we negate anyone else’s efforts relative to what we individually fear. And so, over the centuries, a few brave souls maintained the knowledge and educated succeeding generations. Still all were subject to the fears and superstitions of those who did not possess the skill. Remember the old sayings about if we were meant to fly we would have wings? It took much time and experiment but it did happen. We fly. Flying is neither evil nor demonic it is actually quite convenient. We are now working hard on flying even further into space. The universe is a continually changing map and we are developing the skills to read that map.

As mentioned, the example for the experiment was Walt Disney and his incredible entertainment conglomerate. The conglomerate’s ongoing activity is clearly reflected in the progression of its founder while he was alive and continued past his death. Could it be done? Yes. Does it work? Yes. This comparison was one of the methods adopted for the much larger presidential research. This specific technique could not be simpler, but it does take a little time and effort to do research. It uses standard progressions. Using the Walt Disney research example…

· Set Walt Disney’s personal wheel and the wheel for the beginning of his business.

· Set every chart (natal) that materially affected the company, such as the incorporation, IPO and re-incorporation to name a few.

· Progress Walt Disney’s wheel to each event date to see the connection between his personal energy and corporate events during his living years. Compare progressed to natal and progressed to progressed.

· Progress the Disney business wheel to each important event. Compare progressed to natal and progressed to progressed on each important wheel. All of these charts should be and were connected to each other through close activations.

· Walt Disney did pass on, but his chart remained alive; his wheel continued to work even after his death. Progress his natal wheel as if he were still alive and compare it to the business wheel and the other important wheels for new events that substantially affect the company and its survival.

· Cast new natal wheels as important corporate events make it necessary and incorporate them into the progression procedure.

· There should be connections between the natals, progressed to natals and progressed to progressed for whatever date is applicable. You will find that it did not matter that Walt Disney was no longer on this Earth plane.

Once you have worked your way through this practice project, do the same procedure with corporations and their founders in which you are interested and can access the birth information and activity dates. This technique was employed in the presidential research with the adaptations mentioned and this technique does work well.

For astrologers who want to check out this method, the basic Disney data used for that long ago research is provided below. There are many new Disney dates that can additionally be used. There may be newer or more valid information than what was originally gathered, but this is the data used for that research so many moons ago. Enjoy!

Database:

· Birth of Walt Disney: Dec 5, 1901, 12:35 AM CST, Chicago, Illinois
· Date of Death: Dec 15, 1966
· Mickey Mouse: created in 1928 for a silent cartoon entitled “Plane Crazy” that never debuted
· “Steam Boat Willie”, the first-ever sound cartoon premiered Colony Theatre, New York City, NY, Nov 18, 1928
· “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” premiered Carthay Circle Theater, Los Angeles, CA, Dec 21, 1932
· Walt Disney Company Dec 16, 1929. Hollywood, CA, noonmark
· Walt Disney Company incorporation Sep 30, 1938, Sacramento, CA, noonmark
· Opening of Magic Kingdom, Disneyland Jul 13, 1955, 1:35 PM PDT, Anaheim, CA
· IPO Disney Nov 12, 1957, 10:00 am EST, New York, NY
· Opening of Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL Oct 1, 1971
· Ray Merriman DIS business chart Feb 19, 1987, Wilmington, DE
· Opening of Epcot Center, Orlando, FL on Oct 1, 1982
· Re-Incorporation Disney Jul 28, 1995, 3:45 PM EDT, Dover, DE