The Main Reasons Strategic Planning Fails

Nathan Magnuson

Human Resources Leadership Organizational Effectiveness planning Strategic PlanningWhen I was a college student, my New Venture Studies class had the opportunity to advise a local resident starting his own coffee shop. As an aspiring entrepreneur, I was excited to be involved – that is, until I realized the capital came from an inheritance. I was further perturbed when one of his first [.].

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The Main Reasons Strategic Planning Fails

Nathan Magnuson

Human Resources Leadership Organizational Effectiveness planning Strategic PlanningWhen I was a college student, my New Venture Studies class had the opportunity to advise a local resident starting his own coffee shop. As an aspiring entrepreneur, I was excited to be involved – that is, until I realized the capital came from an inheritance. I was further perturbed when one of his first [.].

Strategic Plans: $100,000 Coffee Coasters?

LDRLB

Last May, I wrote a post entitled “Save a Tree, Stop Strategic Planning.” I still think consultants make too much money off of organizations’ planning efforts (it’s only okay if you hire me as your consultant). I still think those plans look really pretty on bookshelves. I still think Greenpeace should protest the number of trees killed each year by producing strategic plans. Is that planning session worth $2000 per hour?

Ways that Businesses can benefit from using Human Resource Software

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All kinds of businesses can benefit from using integrated human resource software. Small companies can use the primary forms of human resource management systems to handle employees’ attendance and payroll. Improves efficiency in the Human Resource department.

Strategic Plans: $100,000 Coffee Coasters?

LDRLB

Last May, I wrote a post entitled “Save a Tree, Stop Strategic Planning.” I still think consultants make too much money off of organizations’ planning efforts (it’s only okay if you hire me as your consultant). I still think those plans look really pretty on bookshelves. I still think Greenpeace should protest the number of trees killed each year by producing strategic plans. Is that planning session worth $2000 per hour?

Strategic Planning Data Analysis

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by Gary Cohen When doing a strategic plan, you may be faced with mountains of data. How you use the data from many different surveys is critical to the outcome of your strategic plan. If you don’t want mountains of data (the useful and useless all piled on top of each other), here are three instructions you should provide to all strategic-planning participants: 1. Strategic Planning. Human Resource Management.

Strategic Planning Alternatives: Mission Discernment

LDRLB

I recently wrote two posts criticizing strategic planning. While Self wasn’t directly critiquing strategic planning (SP), that “tragic erosion of deep engagement&# is an articulate description of many strategy plans as well. I wonder if Niko Resources would be paying a $9.5Million bribery fine if they had discerned their decisions before bribing foreign officials? Featured Mission strategic planning strategy vanderpyl

Strategic Planning Alternatives: Mission Discernment

LDRLB

I recently wrote two posts criticizing strategic planning. While Self wasn’t directly critiquing strategic planning (SP), that “tragic erosion of deep engagement” is an articulate description of many strategy plans as well. I wonder if Niko Resources would be paying a $9.5Million bribery fine if they had discerned their decisions before bribing foreign officials? Strategy Mission strategic planning strategy vanderpyl

Save a Tree, Stop Strategic Planning

LDRLB

Is strategic planning dead? How many leaders have read a strategic plan, fallen asleep, woken up hoping you didn’t snore too loud, and then tried to get through it and fill your part of the boxes in? Strategic plans read like Ikea directions. We love to promote workplaces that involve the frontlines, get everyone involved, engage our employees…but has anyone ever been engaged by a strategic plan?

The Nuts & Bolts of the One-Page Strategic Plan

LDRLB

I am delighted that so many readers have asked for details of the content that goes into the 1-Page Strategic Plan. Start with deep strategic thought and the right conviction. The strategic plan is not the annual budget. The senior folks charged with crafting the plan must enter the process with a mindset that is analytical, intuitive and creative. Set your objectives annually and check your progress over the term of the plan. Keep the plan handy.

Should the Strategic Plan Rest in Peace? | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

Should the Strategic Plan Rest in Peace? At one time, business executives believed that strategic planning was the answer to all of their problems. The process that started in the 1950’s evolved through various strategic analyses including SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats), Michael Porter’s competitive strategy model, core competencies, strategic intent and business transformation. Involvement of Strategic Planning Consultants.

The Nuts and Bolts of the 1-Page Strategic Plan | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

The Nuts and Bolts of the 1-Page Strategic Plan. I am delighted that so many readers of the CEO Afterlife blog have asked for details of the content that goes into the 1-Page Strategic Plan. Start with deep strategic thought and the right conviction. The strategic plan is not the annual budget. The senior folks charged with crafting the plan must enter the process with a mindset that is analytical, intuitive and creative. Human Resources.

The Nuts & Bolts of the One-Page Strategic Plan

LDRLB

I am delighted that so many readers have asked for details of the content that goes into the 1-Page Strategic Plan. Start with deep strategic thought and the right conviction. The strategic plan is not the annual budget. The senior folks charged with crafting the plan must enter the process with a mindset that is analytical, intuitive and creative. Set your objectives annually and check your progress over the term of the plan. Keep the plan handy.

The Big Picture of Business: Goal Setting… An Important Part of Strategic Planning.

Strategy Driven

Human beings live to attract goals. Human resources development. Adopt a policy of strategic planning. Strategic goals and objectives must filter downward throughout all the organization. Ways in Which Goals Improve Effectiveness: Defines effectiveness as the increase in value of people and their activities as resources. Recognizes that humans are achievement and success creatures.

The Difference between Strategists and Strategic Planners

In the CEO Afterlife

Strategists and Strategic Planners may read the same periodicals and have similar destinations in mind, but there is a difference between the two. Strategic Planners, at the outset, are disadvantaged by the definition of their role. Strategic Planning positions exist inside companies, and in external consulting businesses. Internal Strategic Planning managers do the same thing. Strategic Planners are the architects of these documents.

Resourcefulness Matters: How to Help Your Team Be More Resourceful

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7 Ways to Encourage Your Team to Be More Resourceful. What does it mean to be resourceful? Our favorite definition of resourceful is, “The ability to find quick and clever ways to overcome difficulties.” 7 Ways to Help Your Team Be More Resourceful.

Developing Leaders to Drive Business Results

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The chief human resources officer must take the lead in developing leadership programs, processes, and events to ensure that leaders are ready and effective. Develop action plans. High-Impact Human Capital Strategy: Addressing the 12 Major Challenges Today's Organizations Face. . Highly effective leadership is needed throughout every organization, from the first-level managers to the CEO.

Expensive Coffee Coasters & Strategic Plans

LDRLB

I wrote a post a few weeks back called Save a Tree, Stop Strategic Planning. We do kill a lot of trees when engage in strategic planning (SP). Consider some of the stakeholders: CEOs – I’m not 100% convinced they read the Strategic Plans themselves, but they do look really pretty (especially after Communications departments get ahold of them) and somewhat useful to shareholders and boards. A printed plan is not an implemented plan.

When to Ditch the Leadership Love-in

In the CEO Afterlife

They were winning, feeling confident, secure and staying the strategic course they’d developed, communicated and executed from day 1 of the season. When you are losing, a change in plan is usually needed. Human Resources Leadership Life Strategy Business Crisis Management Green Bay Packers Hue Jackson In the CEO Afterlife Indianapolis Colts Jim Caldwell Jim Harbaugh John Richard Bell Marketing Mike McCarthy Oakland Raiders San Francisco 49ers Strategic Planning Vision

Expensive Coffee Coasters & Strategic Plans

LDRLB

I wrote a post a few weeks back called Save a Tree, Stop Strategic Planning. We do kill a lot of trees when engage in strategic planning (SP). Consider some of the stakeholders: CEOs – I’m not 100% convinced they read the Strategic Plans themselves, but they do look really pretty (especially after Communications departments get ahold of them) and somewhat useful to shareholders and boards. A printed plan is not an implemented plan.

How to Thrive Against Giants

In the CEO Afterlife

The very best strategies aren’t generated by outside strategic planning consultants who bill thousands of dollars a day. That doesn’t meant they can’t be strategically powerful. Qualitative cultures are about the creativity, the ingenuity, and the innovation created by the human resource, not the financial resource. And while they are scrambling to catch up, you can be working on the next move to alter the strategic game.

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3 Proven Ways Call Centers Can Better Streamline Operations

Chart Your Course

Such employee churn kills overall retention rates , and that means companies must devote precious resources — and time — interviewing new candidates, refilling seats, and retraining new hires. Integrating one digital worker into day-to-day operations can cost mere thousands of dollars, but it can do as much work as multiple human employees. Finding the time for such strategic planning can be difficult in this fast-paced, competitive service landscape.

My Best Blogs of 2011

In the CEO Afterlife

The Nuts and Bolts of the Strategic Plan [link]. Strategic Plans have to start with deep strategic thought and the right conviction. Branding Human Resources Leadership Life Marketing Strategy blogs Business Crisis ManagementI began blogging about leadership, strategy, marketing and life last February. Frankly, I wasn’t sure whether I could maintain the pace of one blog per week.

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Strategy for Non-Strategic Leaders

In the CEO Afterlife

Suffice to say, most of the issues were short-term and operational rather than strategic. Fortunately for me, I grew up in strategic environments and I learned to balance operational challenges with strategic opportunity. I recognize that there are many people in leadership positions who desperately want to be more strategic. If this describes you, the trick is to discipline yourself to think strategically, and find the courage of your convictions.

Time is Love

Women on Business

There is a new song out by Josh Turner entitled “Time is Love” Every time I hear this song it is a mini-exercise in personal and professional strategic planning for me. . In business, this consciousness is called strategic planning. How often do we think about where we spend our time- and really get honest with ourselves? How often do we think about what we really care about, what matters most?

The Big Picture of Business – Business Success Checklist

Strategy Driven

An inefficient operation results in unproductive activities which often miss the point and worse yet, result in wasted time and wasted resources. Plan for the future. When your business has contingency plans for future scenarios you will seldom be caught by surprise. Most successful businesses have planned responses to most scenarios because they took the time to think “What If”. Plans are in writing to address inventories and reducing surplus.

The Big Picture of Business – Diversity is Important for Business

Strategy Driven

Diversity is about so much more than human resources issues. By taking stock and planning creatively, then we can and will embody diversity. This year is the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. I was on the committee that wrote that legislation. Diversity is most important for business, the economy and quality of life. I have conducted many diversity audits of companies.

The Big Picture of Business – Quality is Important for Business: Real Quality vs. Arbitrary Metrics

Strategy Driven

The 1970′s brought the first wave of strategic planning. The quality audit by objective outside communications counsel can also examine the production, marketing and strategic planning functions. The human relations component is strong, but quality programs are substantially communications-driven. They will conduct communications audits and strategic planning. Ask counsel to write a plan of action for putting the quality program into place.

The Big Picture of Business – Biggest Excuses They Use… and You Should Avoid: Rationales and Reasons Why Businesses Fail

Strategy Driven

Our human resources department takes care of that. Not engaging in planning for future operations: So what are you gonna do about it? There’s too much talk about planning. Technology should be addressed as a tool of the trade… the bigger issues being a cohesive plan of action and organizational vision. Quality is a conscious, continuous effort to plan, think, act and measure.

What Really is The Big Picture of Business

Strategy Driven

It may be: human resources, organizational development, training, technology, sales, marketing, advertising, public relations, coaching or financial management. Few of those have actually written Strategic Plans and do not really comprehend what the Visioning process actually is. A growth plan or strategic plan is essential for any organization that intends to survive and thrive in today’s rapidly changing business environment.

The Big Picture of Business – Think Tanks to Strategize

Strategy Driven

Responding to crises is a good way to get in the research-planning habit. Planning for the Future. Planning, vision and strategic direction account for 15% of an organization’s full picture…constituting the trunk and roots of The Business Tree™. The company that does not plan will not achieve staying power. Ways to understand the organization’s people (its best resource) better. Planning, tactics, organizational development.

The Big Picture of Business: Institutional Reviews Help Public Companies to Learn from the Downturn and Move Forward

Strategy Driven

This review is the basis for most elements that will appear in a strategic plan, including the organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats, actions, challenges, teamwork, change management, commitment, future trends and external forces. Management is concerned that resources are not concentrated on important things. Category 7: Corporate strategy, visioning, strategic planning, futurism, thought leader program and emerging business issues.

The Big Picture of Business: Been There, Done That

Strategy Driven

An accounting firm may suggest that an economic forecast is a full-scope business plan (which it is not). A trainer may recommend courses for human behavior, believing that these constitute a Visioning process (of which they are a small part). Human resources management. Real consultants must have at least a 10-year track record to be at all viable as a judgment resource. People Often Say They Have… But Really Haven’t!

The Big Picture of Business – Setting, Meeting, and Benefiting from Goals

Strategy Driven

Businesses should review their Strategic Plan annually. Reasons for Goal Setting: Human beings live to attract goals. People caught in activity traps shrink, rather than grow, as human beings. People become demeaned or diminished as human beings when their work proves meaningless. Human resources development. Adopt a policy of strategic planning. Strategic goals and objectives must filter downward throughout all the organization.

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The Big Picture of Business: Leadership for the New Order of Business Part 2

Strategy Driven

This is the stair-step, paralleling The Business Tree: Resource. These executives spend much of their energies on planning, tactics, organizational development and business development. Yet, excellence is a definitive process of achievement, dedication and expeditious use of resources. Planning is the thread woven through this book, and it is the key to the future. One can never review progress enough, with benchmarking being the key to implementing plans.

HR Leaders Need Stronger Data Skills

Harvard Business

Finding ways to improve HR’s digital acumen and data skills can challenge even the most well-resourced companies. Implement leadership planning models. HR professionals should employ leadership planning models to map a business’s long-term strategic plan to the leaders it will need to implement that plan. Data Developing employees Human resource management Digital ArticlePeter Dazeley/Getty Images.

The Big Picture of Business – Planning and Budgeting in Downsized Times

Strategy Driven

Under the rules of supply chain dynamics, one must study your supplier relationships, formalize a plan of outsourcing and develop collaborations. 7 Steps Toward Getting Your Budgets Accepted More Readily: Commitment toward strategic planning for your function-department-company. 7 Stages in Making a Case for Business Funding: Link to a strategic business objective. Reasons for Goal Setting: Human beings live to attract goals. Human resources development.

Top Five Factors That Drive Employee Loyalty

Eric Jacobson

Monday, August 30, 2010 Top Five Factors That Drive Employee Loyalty A 2010 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management shows that job security is what matters most to employees. What resources do you need to get the job done? skip to main | skip to sidebar Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership Welcome! This blogs tips and ideas are perfect for managers and leaders of all types of small to large businesses and nonprofit organizations.

Job Descriptions that Attract Diverse Job Candidates

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In the “relay” to fill job vacancies, Human Resources can take the baton from other internal departments and thoroughly examine job descriptions. To help with consistency of verbiage, Human Resources can create an inclusive style guide available to all departments.

50 Shades of Decay

In the CEO Afterlife

Strategic and operational paralysis has become the norm. The latest strategic plan isn’t one. Human Resources Leadership Strategy Uncategorized Business CEO Crisis Management Culture In the CEO Afterlife Innovation John Richard Bell Life VisionNow that I have your attention, the decay I am actually referring to is the 50 warning signs of corporate decay. Watch out for them in your organization. If you spot four or five, work on resolving them, now.

Tips To Improve Safety And Good Health In The Workplace

Strategy Driven

The good news is that similar incidents can be minimized with a good plan and the damages controlled. Remember to have reports from all the inspections conducted as they will come in handy when planning for risks and during employee training.

From the Rubble of Dreams: Resilience to Be Reborn

Lead Change Blog

A talented wordsmith, Jerri crafted a strategic plan called “The Success Suit” and the word quickly took off. One of her major partners is the National Human Resource Association. At 5:50 AM on Feb 2, 2020, flames leapt from the 26,000 square foot building of a non-profit that provided training and work attire to over 105,000 job seekers in Orange County, CA, in their first 30 years.

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