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Mission Essential Task List (METL) and the Business Plan

The format and concept of the outline and the Mission Essential Task List (METL) is essentially the same.  Each list a major task that must be accomplished then list smaller sub-tasks under those major tasks.  Unlike in the METL, where smaller sub-tasks are accomplished by subordinate units, in the outline, the smaller sub-tasks will be accomplished by you or members of your T.E.A.M.

Take for example the Business Plan outline.  It lists several major tasks and under each of those tasks are several sub-tasks.  If you have ever had occasion to be involved in training or help develop a unit’s METL, you can certainly develop your company’s Business Plan.  Like the METL, the Business Plan lays out the path to develop and grow from where you currently are to where you want to be.

Both documents are extremely important to the success of our organizations.  Both are living, breathing, dynamic documents that must be used, evaluated and updated as necessary.  Both documents help ensure we get to our desired end-state in the most efficient and effective manner possible.  Your military experience prepared you for many, many things – business ownership is just one of them.


See you on the high ground!               



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