How to Create a Business Plan

Align your whole organization by defining your culture, making your strategic choices and setting short and long-term goals.
Delivery Method
100% Self-Paced + Online
Assessment Method
5 Module Quizzes + 1 Final Test
Training Duration
2 Hr

By the end of this business plan course, you will be able to:

  • Define the basic premise and culture of your business
  • Determine your business’ long-term goals and short-term strategies to achieve those goals
  • Identify 5 components needed to build your business’ strategy
  • Involve and align your team to the direction of your organization
  • Create a decision framework that will help keep you focused on controlling your business

Course Curriculum

  • Before You Begin
  • Downloads: Resources Available to Print
  • Welcome FREE PREVIEW
  • Downloads: Building a One Page Strategic Plan Cheat Sheet and Blank One Page Strategic Plan
  • Module 1 Introduction
  • The One Page Plan as a Communication Tool FREE PREVIEW
  • The Original Band of Brothers FREE PREVIEW
  • Reading: Lord Nelson FREE PREVIEW
  • Lord Nelson’s 3 Keys FREE PREVIEW
  • It Must be One Page FREE PREVIEW
  • What Your Plan Will Include FREE PREVIEW
  • Module 1 Quiz
  • Module 2 Introduction
  • The Basics
  • Two Strategy Components
  • Your Purpose
  • ‘Why’ Comes Before ‘What’
  • Brand Promises
  • Reading: Southwest
  • Core Values
  • Playing Field
  • BHAG
  • Module 2 Quiz
  • Module 3 Introduction
  • 5 Year Numerical Goals
  • Opportunities, Threats and Trends
  • 5 Year Goals
  • Module 3 Quiz
  • Module 4 Introduction
  • 1 Year Numerical Goals
  • 1 Year Goals
  • Parking Lot
  • Module 4 Quiz
  • Module 5 Introduction
  • How to Keep the Plan Alive
  • Module 5 Quiz
  • Congratulations!
  • Final Test
  • Download: Facilitator’s Guide
  • Downloads: Resources Available to Print

Frequently Asked Questions

No, everything is included within the subscription you select.

PLI subscriptions are non-refundable. If you cancel your subscription, all course access, and additional features, will expire at the end of your billing cycle.

All of the courses are priced in USD.

Yes! These downloadables include cheat sheets, templates and workbooks that you can keep and share with your coworkers, employees or friends.

While the courses are self-study, we encourage students to reach out to us with questions or concerns. Please click the “feedback” tab on the right side of your screen while taking the courses to ask questions or provide feedback.

As the courses are self-study, you have an unlimited amount of time to complete each course.

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