Strategic Planning Pitfalls

Thought Leaders LLC

Avoid these six pitfalls as you create your organization’s strategic plan. As you look at your organization’s strategy and your current strategic planning process, it’s critical to understand there are some really large pitfalls out there that you can fall into.

The Strategic Planning Process

Thought Leaders LLC

Laying out your organization’s strategic plan can be overwhelming. Follow these steps to keep your strategic planning process simple and effective. . Strategic planning is an inherently simple process. Business Toolkit Leadership Strategy

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Three Critical Questions for Strategic Planning

General Leadership

GeneralLeadership.com and the General Leadership Foundation bring Leadership Advice from America's Most Trusted Leaders to You! The post Three Critical Questions for Strategic Planning appeared first on General Leadership. Guest Posts executive leadership Leadership Leading Leaders Mickey Addison performance Planning strategic plan success Team

Communicating Your Strategic Plan to Employees

leaderCommunicator

You spend hours as a management team working tirelessly on your organization’s strategic plan. You leave your two-day meeting confident in your strategic plan and energized about your path forward. Leadership Communication Leadership Effectiveness & Planning

Avoid These 5 Strategic Planning Risks

Thought Leaders LLC

Create better strategic plans by avoiding these five common mistakes. Strategic planning takes a lot of time and energy. Here are some warning signs that you can look for to determine if your strategic planning process is flawed.

Understanding the Principles of Strategic Planning

Thought Leaders LLC

Learn about the three principles of strategic planning and how they can focus your efforts. What is a strategic plan, and why is it important? A strategic plan defines what your organization stands for. Business Toolkit Leadership Strategy

4 Strategic Planning Traps and How to Avoid Them

The Practical Leader

I recently had a call with a CEO about facilitating a strategic planning retreat this fall with 15 of their top leaders. Reporting and data dumping leaves little time for strategic thinking and prioritizing. What’s Your Plan for Planning?

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.

Six Essential Steps For Strategic Planning

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.

How frequently does your organization reassess and renew its strategic plan?

Thought Leaders LLC

Our reader poll today asks: How frequently does your organization reassess and renew its strategic plan? More than once a year 15.45% Once per year 40.16% Once every 2-3 years 17.37% Once every 4+ years 13.51% What’s a strategic plan?

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 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. Here are 10 changes needed to enable a wholesale paradigm shift in strategic planning and execution methods that will significantly improve your results: 1. Putting the right leadership, talent, organization, and culture capabilities in place to drive change and execute strategy is the priority.

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 [.].

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. Strategic Planning Outcomes: Through a NOIS analysis , identify areas of Need, Opportunity, Improvement, and Strength on each campus.

7 Elements of a Strategic Plan

Great Leadership By Dan

It’s been said that “a vision without a plan is just a dream. A plan without a vision is just drudgery. But a vision with a plan can change the world.” Read my latest post over at About.com to learn the 7 basic elements of a strategic plan : vision, mission, SWOT analysis, core values, goals, objectives, and action plans. goals mission planning strategy vision

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 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?

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 problem with the traditional planning approach is – it doesn’t work.

The 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. Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management First-Time Leader Leadership Strategic Planning Strategic Thinking Strategies

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. When your Organization does not effectively plan typical results are; Project(s) Comes in Over Budget – Because of inadequate planning and now everyone is scrambling, and creating emergencies in other departments and with vendors. Because NO-ONE Planned! Strategic planning is necessary part of every Managers life.

8 Tips to Leading a Great Strategic Planning Session

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Patrick Thean : In business, a leader’s ability to strategically plan for the company’s future is of the highest importance. Your company will not be successful if you don’t have the strategies and execution plans in place to reach your objectives. Great plans stem from great planning sessions. However, planning sessions are traditionally viewed as boring and unproductive. Set clear objectives for each planning session.

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 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

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

Strategic Planning: How to Conduct a SWOT Analysis

thoughtLEADERS, LLC

When strategic planning, a SWOT helps you define your business strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Business Toolkit Leadership Sales StrategyA useful tool you can use to assess the environment you’re competing in is called the SWOT analysis.

How frequently do you update your strategic plan?

thoughtLEADERS, LLC

Our reader poll today asks: How frequently do you update your strategic plan? We refresh more than once per year—13% We update it annually—43% We update every couple of years—19% We rarely refresh it—12% What’s a strategic plan?—13%

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. 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. 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.

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? How can leaders boost the half-life of their strategic plans? Leadership Styles. Quality of the Planning Process. Backsliding can start as early as the planning process, so no wonder my friend witnessed it so soon.

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. Working with companies and developing strategic plans everyone seems to feel that the default method is a SWOT analysis strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats.

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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?

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?

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.

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.

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.

Strategic Leadership 2021: Lessons from Strategy Class

Lead Change Blog

Strategic leadership means leading for today, tomorrow, and beyond. Vision is distilled into actionable priorities, which become the day-to-day operating plan guiding all team members in performing their work. As I work with organizations preparing for the new year, one of the most common topics of discussion is what it takes to set a strategic course through times of uncertainty. When environmental changes accelerate, a strategic leadership approach becomes essential.

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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. Today, many are questioning the strategic plan’s usefulness. Involvement of Strategic Planning Consultants. But, seldom do these strategic plans drive a company into the future.

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. 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. Finish with the Key Strategic Initiatives.

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.”.

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. The outcomes from our Strategic Planning Time: Develop thematic goals for the next 5 years. Interested in Strategic Planning facilitation with your Organization and Team?

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.

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. Kansas City Leadership Brainzooming Eric Jacobson on Leadership and Management Strategies Strategic Planning Overland Park General Management Skills