Brian Balfour outlines 5 recommendations to keep in mind while you're planning out growth for 2017 -- applicable no matter what goal-setting framework you use. 1. Your growth model must inform your goals (with specifics on how) 2. Order of operations matters 3. Focus on strategies, don't get distracted by tactics 4. Assess your acquisition portfolio 5. Gut-check "Above, Below and Across"