Three Critical Questions for Strategic Planning
AUGUST 21, 2015
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Strategic planning must change with the times
OCTOBER 19, 2016
If you’re frustrated by your organization’s current strategic planning and execution processes or the outcomes from that work, you’re not alone. Planning Horizon: Old paradigm strategic planning has been historically focused on a long term horizon, usually between 3-5 years.
How to Create a Dynamic Strategic Plan in an Unpredictable World
Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog
DECEMBER 16, 2015
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 Strategic Planning Process
DECEMBER 17, 2014
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: .
Strategic Planning Template (pdf)
FEBRUARY 17, 2013
The Strategic Planning Template that makes Strategic Planning easy! Strategic Planning is rarely easy. For this reason we created a Strategic Planning Template that can really help you if: · You lead a team and want everyone.
Strategic Thinking vs. Strategic Planning
JANUARY 17, 2014
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.
7 Elements of a Strategic Plan
Great Leadership By Dan
AUGUST 31, 2015
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
Company Strategic Planning Agenda
DECEMBER 12, 2013
Strategic Planning Agenda. Below is a 1 day strategic planning workshop. Following the strategic planning meeting there was 4 follow-up meetings to refine the plan and document action steps. Objectives: Develop strategic plan for 2014+.
The Ten Myths of Strategic Planning
MARCH 27, 2015
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.
Strategic Planning Data Analysis
AUGUST 15, 2013
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. Strategic Planning.
Are You Aware Of The 3 Approaches to Strategic Planning?
The Empowered Buisness
JUNE 16, 2015
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 – How Much Should Organizations Spend on Business Planning?
MARCH 19, 2013
Well-crafted strategic and annual business plans provide a sense of purpose and direction. Given the value strategic and annual business plans represent, how much should be invested in their development? Strategic Planning Best Practice 7 – Shared Accountability.
Strategic Thinking vs. Strategic Planning
NOVEMBER 1, 2011
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.
NOISE Analysis, an alternative to SWOT. Strategic Planning
DECEMBER 12, 2012
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.
Revitalizing Strategic Planning: Workshop
FEBRUARY 27, 2012
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
MAY 24, 2013
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? Quality of the Planning Process.
Photo Inquiry Friday: Strategic Planning Questions
DECEMBER 14, 2012
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.
Strategic Plans Are Less Important than Strategic Planning
Harvard Business Review
JUNE 21, 2016
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.” Think of the plan as a guidance tool.
The Main Reasons Strategic Planning Fails
MARCH 25, 2013
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.
Strategic Planning with Biel’s Document Management
DECEMBER 17, 2013
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.
Communication Strategy in 13 Steps – Communicating Strategic Plan To Employees
APRIL 18, 2012
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.
CEO Gary Harpst on Strategic Planning (podcast)
FEBRUARY 2, 2011
Do You Really Need A Strategic Plan?
FEBRUARY 22, 2013
Do You Really Need A Strategic Plan? Particularly the kind that requires the involvement of a lot of people and preparation of a strategy plan document? As a CEO or board member you should be thinking strategically and directing your organization strategically; and also doing what you need to do to obtain strategic information, on an ongoing basis.
The Usefulness of SWOT Analysis Before Strategic Planning
OCTOBER 11, 2011
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.
Strategic Plans: $100,000 Coffee Coasters?
MARCH 26, 2012
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
MAY 31, 2011
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?
075: Conquer the Entrepreneur’s Kryptonite: Simple Strategic Planning | with James Woosley
FEBRUARY 6, 2014
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.
Expensive Coffee Coasters & Strategic Plans
JUNE 20, 2011
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.
Communicating Your Strategic Plan - Make Every Word Count
MARCH 18, 2011
How many words does your organization's strategic plan have? How about your strategic position? How many of your organization's team members have ever even read your mission, vision, values, and strategic position? BOTTOMLINE: It's not enough to simplify and make every word count when it comes to your organization's mission, vision, values and strategic position. The Lord's Prayer has 50 words. The Ten Commandments have 297 words.
3 Myths That Kill Strategic Planning
Harvard Business Review
MAY 7, 2014
In its simplest form, strategic thinking is about deciding on which opportunities to focus your time, people, and money, and which opportunities to starve. One of history’s greatest strategic thinkers, Napoleon Bonaparte summed it up this way: “In order to concentrate superior strength in one place, economy of force must be exercised in other places.” Yet, three pervasive myths continue to make strategic thinking an elusive skill set in today’s organizations.
Four Tips for Better Strategic Planning
Harvard Business Review
OCTOBER 1, 2013
That’s why the process of planning a strategy itself is an important vehicle for setting priorities, making investment decisions, and laying out growth plans. As a result, many strategic plans end up as shelf decorations or hard-to-find files in crowded hard drives. Since this is the season when many companies are engaged in strategic planning, it’s just the right time to break bad habits. Templates are often a standard fixture of strategic planning.
Alternative Selection – More Efficient Processes Can Increase Costs
JULY 12, 2016
Alternative Selection Premium business management cost reduction nathan ives process efficiency Strategic Planning strategydrivenThere is a common misperception that being more efficient necessarily equates to being more cost effective.
Have Your Customers Help You Write Your Strategic Plan
SEPTEMBER 29, 2011
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
Strategic Planning Alternatives: Mission Discernment
JUNE 30, 2011
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
Don’t Forget to Connect Customer Service Week with Strategy
OCTOBER 10, 2016
Or it might be five days riddled with a host of activities that have been carefully planned but focus more on the fun than the functional. Are your planned activities fun and functional? This week, thousands of organizations around the world are recognizing Customer Service Week.
A Budget Does Not A Strategy Make!
APRIL 11, 2014
Let’s see how many of us have been involved in this type of conversation: Strategy Consultant: “ Do you have a Strategic Plan? Strategy Consultant: “ Umm, this isn’t a strategic plan. ”. Like I said, “ Umm, this isn’t a strategic plan.
Welcome to Strategic Planning 2.0
JUNE 13, 2016
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
Should Strategic Plans Rest in Peace?
JULY 6, 2011
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.
Mentoring and Lifelong Learning
DECEMBER 2, 2016
This requires planning, purpose and commitment. Professionals who succeed the most are the products of mentoring. I heartily endorse that find a great mentor. I have had many excellent ones in my long career and have in turn mentored hundreds of others.
Is Your Business a Commodity or a Resource?
JUNE 17, 2016
In this manner, you become a strategic resource, to everyone’s benefit. Strategic Planning business leadership business management Garrett Sutton strategydrivenHow are your services and the people providing them viewed by your clients? Are you a commodity readily available anywhere? Or are you a resource where skill, judgement, and critical thinking are valued and rewarded? The difference is important to your business future. The corner gas station offers a commodity.