Three Critical Questions for Strategic Planning

General Leadership

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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.

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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. Here is a summary of the strategic planning process: .

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 Leadership Planning Strategic PlanningAwhile back, I shared highlights from the useful book, First-Time Leader , by George Bradt and Gillian Davis.

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. Planning Horizon: Old paradigm strategic planning has been historically focused on a long term horizon, usually between 3-5 years.

Welcome to Strategic Planning 2.0

N2Growth Blog

As a strategy consultant, I have had the opportunity to review a lot of strategic plans over the years. It’s been truly amazing to discover just how many major organizations develop strategic plans that contain little more than a whole lot of budget estimates and revenue projections. This kind of strategic planning is something that I like to call “ Strategic Planning 2.0 “ Strategic Planning 2.0

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

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.

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.

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.

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?

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 Thinking vs. Strategic Planning

Six Disciplines

Are strategic thinking and strategic planning - the same thing ? While they certainly related and complementary, thinking strategically and planning strategically are two different concepts. Let''s first consider strategic thinking , which involves viewing your organization from a holistic perspective. . Research has determined that strategic thinking can be explained through seven dimensions: A vision of the future.

Reasons Why Strategic Plans Fail

Six Disciplines

In general, strategic plans can fail for two types of reasons: inappropriate strategy and poor execution. More often than not, however, it''s not that the strategic plans fail - it''s the execution that fails. Here are some common reasons how or why execution falls short of the strategic plan: Over-estimation of resources and abilities. Failure to follow the plan.

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

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.

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% 56% of you are refreshing your strategic plan every year or even more frequently. For those of you who don’t have a strategic plan or aren’t updating them regularly, you should be concerned.

The Ten Myths of Strategic Planning

Six Disciplines

CEOs of small businesses often appear to believe in myths surrounding the subject of strategic planning and execution - myths that can prove dangerous to the health of their organization. Myth #1: “We don’t need a strategic plan!” The truth is that every organization needs some form of plan to guide its actions or it will simply “drift off course” in the chaos businesses often face in their daily operations. Myth #5: Planning will predict the future.

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. Strategic Planning.

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.

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 Thinking vs. Strategic Planning

Six Disciplines

Are strategic thinking and strategic planning - the same thing? While they certainly related and complementary, thinking strategically and planning strategically are two different concepts. Let's first consider strategic thinking , which involves viewing your organization from a holistic perspective. Research has determined that strategic thinking can be explained through seven dimensions: A vision of the future.

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? Quality of the Planning Process. Backsliding can start as early as the planning process, so no wonder my friend witnessed it so soon. by Gary Cohen.

Strategic Planning with Biel’s Document Management

Mike Cardus

For the 3rd year in a row I had the pleasure of facilitating Biel’s Document Management Strategic Plan. Strategic Planning Objectives: Develop strategic plan for 2014+. Develop, update and refine plan through 2014. Below are some photos of the strategic planning process. Biel’s is the imaging leader and first choice for Paperless Office Solutions.

075: Conquer the Entrepreneur’s Kryptonite: Simple Strategic Planning | with James Woosley

Engaging Leader

The kryptonite that threatens to kill the dreams of every entrepreneur is strategic planning. Many people have no plan and try shooting from the hip, so effort and resources are wasted or unfocused. Others get bogged down in an overly-detailed planning […]. The post 075: Conquer the Entrepreneur’s Kryptonite: Simple Strategic Planning | with James Woosley appeared first on Engaging Leader.

Photo Inquiry Friday: Strategic Planning Questions

Mike Cardus

Planning requires people in companies to make their best guess on what to focus on and what not to focus on. Taking some time to frame the planning is a way that asks people to think in real work, while allowing them to reach for ‘miracle solutions’ is something I have found effective. This year in a yearly strategic planning meeting I shifted the 100 days better to 1 year better.

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 – 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?

Strategic Planning – How Much Should Organizations Spend on Business Planning?

Strategy Driven

Well-crafted strategic and annual business plans provide a sense of purpose and direction. Furthermore, these business plans service as a communications mechanism to drive alignment of management decisions and employee actions to the effective and efficient achievement of the organization’s mission goals. Given the value strategic and annual business plans represent, how much should be invested in their development?

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.

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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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 Strategic Plans Rest in Peace?

LDRLB

At one time, business executives believed 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, Michael Porter’s competitive model, core competencies, strategic intent and business transformation. Involvement of Strategic Planning Consultants. But, seldom do these strategic plans drive a company into the future.

Strategic Planning For business

Chartered Management Institute

Do you think CEO's and Executives are doing alot strategic planning for their businesses? On the other hand they have been failing in planning the future strategy for their business which includes thinks like succession planning, future changes in the industry etc. It is time that senior management and executives now focus on future strategic planning and let middle management do the day to day running of the business.

Strategic Plans Are Less Important than Strategic Planning

Harvard Business

Mention the word “plan” to most managers and the image that springs to their minds might well be a travel plan. Or they’ll think of the kind of plans builders employ, often referred to as “blueprints.” Both plans are neat, prescribed, determined — and manageable. But not all types of plans have that level of precision. In a fluid, unpredictable environment you need to have a very different understanding of plans and planning.

8 Weeks to Get Juiced – A Better Strategic Planning Process for Consulting Firms

David A Fields

If you develop an annual plan for your consulting firm, there’s a decent chance you sit down with your senior team and/or advisors for a day or two to hammer out your objectives, strategies and tactics. (If If you don’t engage in any strategic planning for your consulting firm then, as the old saying goes, “When … Continued. The post 8 Weeks to Get Juiced – A Better Strategic Planning Process for Consulting Firms appeared first on David A.

Should Strategic Plans Rest in Peace?

LDRLB

At one time, business executives believed 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, Michael Porter’s competitive model, core competencies, strategic intent and business transformation. Involvement of Strategic Planning Consultants. But, seldom do these strategic plans drive a company into the future.