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A project-management approach to your most exciting project of all - career freedom.

The 6-step FUTURE Framework – helps you develop and deliver a
plan, bringing structure and accountability to the task at hand

The INPUTS Business Case Framework – to help critically analyze
your plan

Get SORTED – the mindset approach to be organised, clear and

Make a PACT – key skills to help you focus your efforts on
value-add activities



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Date de parution 04 janvier 2021
Nombre de lectures 0
EAN13 9781788601757
Langue English
Poids de l'ouvrage 2 Mo

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Everything you need to know to prepare you for setting up a business is in this book. Until now, running a business was for those crazy enough to have an idea and take a leap of faith. In this book, Rob Kerr uses project management tools and techniques to plan and execute setting up a business. Devour every word if you want to fast-track success and prevent a lot of mistakes. A practical handbook that will guarantee success.
Jude Jennison, Leaders by Nature Ltd, executive and team coach, author and speaker
The journey from employee to business owner is much more than a leap of faith. It s a complete mindset shift. It s like standing on the bank of a fast-flowing river with a desire to reach the other side alongside a fear of being swept downstream.
I know from experience that many won t wade into that river because of the fear of the unknown. For some that s the right decision but for many it is something they will always regret.
Kerr s book Project Future bridges that river for aspiring entrepreneurs, empowering them to make the bold decision and take control of their own destiny.
Rory Prendergast, author and business coach
I ve always had the ambition of starting my own business at some point but never taken the leap or known exactly where to start. This book has helped clarify my thinking, providing well-defined frameworks and clear actionable exercises to make key decisions with confidence and create an executable plan for an exciting future. I would highly recommend it for anyone considering their own venture.
Bryn Emans
A must-read for aspiring entrepreneurs. Rob Kerr takes the principles of strategic project management and applies them in a practical, step-by-step process to help you figure out your business sweet spot. Packed full of frameworks, techniques and mindset tools you ll make it happen and make it better.
Bec Evans, co-founder of Prolifiko, author of How to Have a Happy Hustle: The Complete Guide to Making Your Ideas Happen and Business Book Award winner - Startup Inspiration 2020
The default position of any business is death. It is a risky adventure. Yes, a cheery thought. There are so many moving parts to get right that a wrong decision or move could end in disaster. Having worked with thousands of businesses the main reason is a lack of knowledge and skills of what it takes to run a business.
The FUTURE Method starts to bridge that gap by providing a framework to go through. A risk is only a risk when the odds are against you. What Rob has done is to stack the odds more in the favour of the start-up, giving it every chance to succeed.
Martin Norbury, bestselling author
Project Future is a really clever mix of structured project management techniques and the skills and attributes needed by an entrepreneur to start and sustain a business. The action steps ask searching questions and if the reader works through them, it will leave them with an excellent plan for taking their business idea forward or not, depending upon the outcome.
Lyn Bromley, Managing Director of First Impressions Training and best-selling author of Trusted
An exceptional book that gives you all the frameworks to guide you along your entrepreneurial journey. Full of simple but often easily forgotten advice to ensure you ask yourself the right questions at the right time and, most importantly, take action. If everyone who has done a business goal map with me reads and follows this book, their success for sure will come faster and magnify.
Kulwinder Dhillon - Helping people set goals and use their own powerful mind,
Have you ever thought about setting up on your own as a freelancer or as an independent consultant but got held back by nerves or imposter syndrome? In that case, Rob Kerr s new book Project Future is all you need to carry out a thorough self-evaluation as to whether this move would be right for you. This practical and well-structured handbook is packed full of helpful guidance and takes you on a carefully designed journey to consider all that s required for success, from concept to cash-flow. A hugely practical guide, well worth a read for aspiring HR Independents or in fact any other budding business owner or entrepreneur.
Lucinda Carney, CEO of Actus Software and author of How to Be a Change Superhero
Rob s book provides great insight into the challenges and hurdles of starting your own company - both from an individual and business perspective. Having worked with Rob on numerous different client engagements, we can honestly say that he practises what he preaches. This book will help all budding entrepreneurs prepare themselves mentally for the challenges ahead when thinking about starting their own businesses and entering the brave new world of the self-employed. The biggest attribute that separates success from failure when starting out on your own is self-belief and a can-do attitude - both of which Rob demonstrates every day.
Mark Bevan Chris Charlton, Partners at Global PMI Partners, UK
What a brilliant book! Easy to read and well structured, it makes you really think, and plan, and is a great guide for anyone thinking about starting their own business. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Su Britter, HR Executive

First published in Great Britain by Practical Inspiration Publishing, 2021
Rob Kerr, 2021
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For Li n and Wilson .
When the time comes, may your projects be fun, and fulfilling .
The nagging thought
What you ll discover
Why is this a project?
Dividing the project into phases
Phase 0: Getting prepared
Initiating Phase 0
Pre-step 1: The SORTED Framework
Being organized, clear and confident
Openness to change
De-risk it
There s nothing like a deadline
Making headspace
Recognizing your own value
Taking confidence from yourself
Pre-step 2: The INPUTS Framework
The business case
Introducing the INPUTS factors
The impact factor
The numbers factor
The personal factor
The useful factor
The timing factor
The sales factor
Signing off Phase 0
Phase 1: Making the right decision
Initiating Phase 1
Making a project plan
Step 1: Find
The scope
The BIDS candidates
The different options
Giving your project a name
Premature decision risk
Exploring all ideas
Be careful of the devil you know
Finding a niche
Not reinventing the wheel
Aiming higher
The Steering Committee
Steering Meeting 1: Signing off your BIDS candidates
Step 2: Understand
The scope
Requirements and design
Exciting times
SWOT analysis
Managing risk
Understanding your core customer
Business complexity
Competitive differentiators
Finding the sweet spot
Purpose, mission and vision statements
Personality types
Adaptive skills
Building or maintaining
Rethinking your experience
Accepting sacrifices
Training options
Successful case studies
Getting to know the tribe
Starting a partnership
Joining an existing business or a start-up
Steering Meeting 2: Go ahead to Step 3: Trial or return to Step 1: Find
Step 3: Trial
The scope
The pilot
Getting comfortable with feeling uncomfortable
Minimum viable product
Choosing a business name
Real-world experience
Range of trial options
Your elevator pitch
Creating opportunities
Adapting to those who find value
Responding to disappointment
The cutover
Re-baselining your plan
Steering Meeting 3: Signing off your business case
Phase 2: Making it happen
Initiating Phase 2
Step 4: Undertake
The scope
Going live
Committing 100%
Making it real
Early priorities
Long-term goals
Building momentum to get started
Asking for help
Cash-flow is king
You re never unemployed
Reputation is everything
Ways of working
Growing your network
Making the most of your network
Brand strategy
Communications strategy
Connecting with customers online
Marketing campaigns and advertising
Public relations and publicity
Getting your image right
Your offering and pricing
Working environment
Discipline within the working day
Making time away from work
Rewarding yourself
Step 5: Review
The scope
The review
The INPUTS Review Framework
Types of review
Reviewing with a mentor or buddy
Change control
Forecast, a

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