Three Critical Questions for Strategic Planning

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Strategic planning must change with the times

N2Growth Blog

If you’re frustrated by your organization’s current strategic planning and execution processes or the outcomes from that work, you’re not alone. Putting the right leadership, talent, organization, and culture capabilities in place to drive change and execute strategy is the priority.

Student Government Strategic Planning and Team Building

Mike Cardus

Strategic Planning and Team Building with Student Government. Strategic Planning & Team Building with Student Government. Mike spent the day in Buffalo NY, leading strategic planning and team-building with SUNY Erie Community College Student Government.

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.

The Strategic Planning Process

Coaching Tip

Here is the background regarding the importance of clearly understanding the " intangible identity elements " that consist of the assumptions/beliefs, values/aspirations, vision and guiding principles as it relates to creating a Vision/Mission Statement (along with the supporting business plans that each functional unit will put together based on the leadership developed Vision/Mission Statement). . The Planning Process. Third step (the business unit action plans): .

How to Create a Dynamic Strategic Plan in an Unpredictable World

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

The traditional approach to strategic planning might be obsolete in this fast-paced, unpredictable world. But it does not mean that planning is useless. Creating a dynamic strategic plan will enable you to respond quickly and to be creatively proactive.

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.

Six-Step Strategic Planning Process

Eric Jacobson

Here's one more gem from the book -- the authors' recommendations for a six-step strategic planning process : Set an aspirational destination (derived from the mission and vision). Develop detailed plans that will deliver on selected strategies. Brand Strategy Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Leadership Strategic Planning StrategyAwhile back, I shared highlights from the useful book, First-Time Leader , by George Bradt and Gillian Davis.

Strategic Planning Data Analysis

CO2

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. The following is a list of those categories: Leadership. Strategic Planning.

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?

Revitalizing Strategic Planning: Workshop

Mike Cardus

The need for short-, mid-, and long-term planning will always exist as a critical factor in successful business regardless of changes in technology. Because NO-ONE Planned! Strategic planning is necessary part of every Managers life.

Half-Life of a Strategic Plan

CO2

A dear friend of mine came over a few months ago for a glass of wine and asked me, “What’s the half-life of a strategic plan ?” ” Why is it that strategic plans start to lose their value so quickly? Leadership Styles. Leadership Styles.

Communication Strategy in 13 Steps – Communicating Strategic Plan To Employees

CO2

What do you need to do to share your strategic plan? Creating a strategic plan is quite an undertaking for a business. A great strategic plan should have focus and clarity around vision, mission, objectives, strategies and actions.

Strategic Plan(ning) for Organizations: Reviewing, Refining, Repeating

Strategy Driven

Focus on the process, not the plan. Business leaders trying to plot the future of their companies without a plan often find their business not going exactly where they intended. But a strategic plan for the organization is key if, and only if, it is a living, breathing document to be used frequently. We really need to start calling this strategic planning to indicate the ongoing nature of the refinement and work in progress that this becomes.

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.

Are You Aware Of The 3 Approaches to Strategic Planning?

The Empowered Buisness

The following article — Time is Money: The 3 Different Approaches to Strategic Planning — was written by Gabriel Najera — Founder, Najera Consulting Group. Even though I did strategy development for billion dollar corporations in the early days of my business 30 years ago, I had no idea that there were 3 different approaches to strategic planning. Time is Money: The 3 Different Approaches to Strategic Planning.

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. It won’t replace strategic planning, but can definitely be a great resource for any leader facing a formidable labyrinth of decisions ahead of him/her. Featured Mission strategic planning strategy vanderpyl

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?

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? Or maybe a better question is, should it die?

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. It won’t replace strategic planning, but can definitely be a great resource for any leader facing a formidable labyrinth of decisions ahead of him/her.

NOISE Analysis, an alternative to SWOT. Strategic Planning

Mike Cardus

Having a solid strategic plan will allow your company and team to flourish and accomplish needed results. Contact Mike to schedule a strategic planning meeting that will deliver results and engaged staff that are part-of the plan.

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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.

The Big Picture of Business: Putting Budgeting Into Perspective, The Bigger Picture of Strategic Planning

Strategy Driven

Budgets get more attention than the umbrellas under which they rightfully belong: Strategic Planning and Visioning. By itself, Budgeting does not constitute full-scope planning and business strategy. Does your strategic plan adequately describe what you do?

Strategic Planning – Motivation 2.0

CO2

Recently, when working with clients to bring the strategic planning process out of the board room and into mail room, we brought to life Motivation 2.0. Every company can implement strategic planning by involving all or many employees at every level. In the many years running our business when ever we brought the planning process across all levels those were the years that we found the greatest success. How far do you reach with your strategic planning?

What goes into our strategic plan

CO2

When your strategy is so ingrained into the culture do you still need to list it as a strategy in your strategic plan ? Does Nordstrom’s have to say that they will be known for exceptional service in their strategic plan each year or is it so ingrained in the culture that it does not have to be said any longer. If you don’t label it, measure it then you’re apt to not evaluate it in your process of strategic planning.

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?

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

In the CEO Afterlife

Leadership. Should the Strategic Plan Rest in Peace? by John • June 27, 2011 • Leadership , Strategy • 4 Comments. At one time, business executives believed that strategic planning was the answer to all of their problems. Leadership.

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

In the CEO Afterlife

Leadership. The Nuts and Bolts of the 1-Page Strategic Plan. by John • July 17, 2011 • Leadership , Strategy • 2 Comments. Start with deep strategic thought and the right conviction. The strategic plan is not the annual budget.

The Year Is Half Over…Do You Know Where Your Strategic Plan Is?

CO2

According to Robert Kaplan, creator of the Balanced Scorecard, the main cause of strategic planning failure is poor execution. These are pretty sobering statistics, given all the time and effort you and your management team likely put into the preparation of your strategic plan.

How Your Customers Can Help You Write Your Strategic Plan

Eric Jacobson

Mike Brown, the founder of the Kansas City, MO company called, The Brainzooming Group , encourages business leaders to solicit feedback from their customers when creating a strategic plan.

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

Strategy Driven

Adopt a policy of strategic planning. Strategic goals and objectives must filter downward throughout all the organization. 7 Measurements of Successful Budgeting and Planning: The business you’re in. You provide leadership for progress, rather than following along.

Strategic Planning – Words are Important : Blog | Executive.

CO2

“A word is dead when it is said some say, I say it just begins to live that day&# – Emily Dickinson When you work on a strategic plan – even if you keep them as short as we do at CO2 Partners , to one page, each word you choose is so critical. Recently, when working with a long standing client, half way through his companies strategic plan he revealed to me privately how the company was becoming a Results Only Work Place.

Have Your Customers Help You Write Your Strategic Plan

Eric Jacobson

Mike Brown, the founder of the Kansas City, MO company called, The Brainzooming Group , encourages business leaders to solicit feedback from their customers when creating a strategic plan. Management Leadership Strategic Planning General Management Skills Customer Feedback Goal Settin

Long Live the Chief Happiness Officer!

Lead Change Blog

The Chief Happiness Officer therefore needs to develop a strategic plan encompassing all three aspects of MAC. What would such a strategic plan need to include? As Chief Happiness Officer, your strategy on this factor includes a plan for continual development and for the sustainable employability of the coworker. A part of your strategic plan includes facilitation: how to enable coworkers to design their work environment in a way that fits their expertise.

Are Strategic Plans Worth it? (the debate continues)

LDRLB

A few weeks back, Tim Vanderpyl wrote a post about strategic planning. It generated some great debate on LDRLB and Twitter about the usefulness of strategic planning and we invited Ryan Olsen to write a response to Tim. Tim ended the post with his theory: “Strategic planning is simply an invention to justify the existence of middle management, and not a useful tool for those doing the actual leading or for the guys at the bottom doing the real work.”.

Ask Your Customers To Help You Write Your Strategic Plan

Eric Jacobson

skip to main | skip to sidebar Eric Jacobson On Management And Leadership Welcome! Posted by Eric Jacobson at 8:10 PM Labels: Books For Managers , Change Management , Customer Feedback , Customer Service , General Management Skills , Strategic Planning 1 comments: Maths private tutor said.

Strategic Planning and Team Building with University at Buffalo School of Social Work

Mike Cardus

I had the honor and pleasure of facilitating the University at Buffalo School of Social Work 5 year strategic planning session. We are planning on having the 5 Year Strategic Plan done in about 8 to 10 months.

What Goes Into Your Strategic Plan : Blog | Executive Coaching.

CO2

When your strategy is so ingrained into the culture do you still need to list it as a strategy in your strategic plan ? Does Nordstrom’s have to say that they will be known for exceptional service in their strategic plan each year or is it so ingrained in the culture that it does not have to be said any longer. If you don’t label it, measure it then you’re apt to not evaluate it in your process of strategic planning.

Are Strategic Plans Worth it? (the debate continues)

LDRLB

A few weeks back, Tim Vanderpyl wrote a post about strategic planning. It generated some great debate on LeaderLab and Twitter about the usefulness of strategic planning and we invited Ryan Olsen to write a response to Tim. Tim ended the post with his theory: “Strategic planning is simply an invention to justify the existence of middle management, and not a useful tool for those doing the actual leading or for the guys at the bottom doing the real work.”.

Weekly Round-Up: On the Business Efficiency of Integrity, Effective Strategic Planning & Maximizing Productivity

leaderCommunicator

Welcome to my weekly round-up of top leadership and communication blog posts. IBM’s Virginia Rometty on Leadership and Management By Steve Lohr, The New York Times “In an article this week, Virginia M. 9 Steps to Effective Strategic Planning By Melcrum “Need to develop a strong and compelling strategic communication plan? What were some of the top leadership articles you read this week?

The Usefulness of SWOT Analysis Before Strategic Planning

Six Disciplines

Step Back , is to get your leadership team to use their experience and judgement to begin narrowing the focus of planning toward your organization's most important strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Decide What's Important , where the leadership team updates the strategic direction of the company for the upcoming year -- and, the repeatable cycle of the Six Disciplines strategy execution program begins again Leveraging strengths. Minimizing weaknesses.

The Usefulness of SWOT Analysis Before Strategic Planning

Six Disciplines

Step Back , is to get your leadership team to use their experience and judgement to begin narrowing the focus of planning toward your organization's most important strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. Decide What's Important , where the leadership team updates the strategic direction of the company for the upcoming year -- and, the repeatable cycle of the Six Disciplines strategy execution program begins again Leveraging strengths. Minimizing weaknesses.

Leadership Lessons From Coaching 3rd Grade Girls Soccer

Lead Change Blog

Posted in Leadership Coaching Self Leadership Team Dynamics I started the season with great anticipation. Leadership Coaching Self Leadership Team Dynamics Expectations leaders Leadership leading teams strategic planning team dynamics teams