One of the biggest failings of organizations – businesses and not-for-profits alike – is that they are often spread too thinly and end up not doing any one thing particularly well.
With clearly defined priorities, organizations can outpace their competitors and differentiate themselves in the marketplace, as they attract and retain top talent, and deliver excellent products and services for their customers.
It starts with a solid strategic plan that provides a sense of direction for everyone, determines where efforts and resources are allocated, and allows your organization to proactively pursue its goals.
Ultimately, it’s not about having a great strategic plan.
It’s about executing on it.
Indeed, a plan is only the beginning. Without implementation, going through the exercise of establishing priorities is a waste of everyone’s time. Yet, we often hear that strategic plans never get fully implemented. This is why this approach is different:
First, to create a plan that fits the needs of your organization like no other, we believe it has to be created from within the organization – by the same leaders that will ultimately ensure it gets implemented. Thus, our solution is the facilitation of your strategic planning with our systematic and comprehensive approach.
Second, the execution of the plan is part of our approach. Once the planning has concluded, we shepherd you through the implementation process. We do this with regularly scheduled feedback sessions that provide the space to create solutions for issues that might be encountered and also provide the accountability necessary for continued progress toward achieving your goals.
We call this approach Strategic Planning PLUS(TM), and here are the 5 phases:
Strategic Planning PLUS(TM)
1. ESTABLISHING PARAMETERS
Establishing the applicable timeframe for the strategy and the planning itself, as well as who is involved and what needs to be addressed, sets the stage for the process to begin.
2. ANSWERING BIG PICTURE QUESTIONS
This clarifies where the organization stands with its vision, mission and values, its customers, products and services, and competitors.
3. IDENTIFYING STRATEGIC PRIORITIES
Identifying up to three focus areas determines how the organization’s efforts and resources will be allocated over the next 6 to 12 months.
4. ALIGNMENT AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Creating alignment, determining key performance indicators and accountability parameters are important for tracking continued attainment of the established goals.
5. EXECUTING THE PLAN
The most crucial step to any plan is its implementation. During this phase, the advisor works with the leader(s) to address any obstacles and keep the execution momentum going.
Our approach comes with support and accountability – and that makes all the difference!
ARE YOU READY TO CREATE A SUCCESSFUL STRATEGIC PLAN PLUS(TM)?
Let’s talk about what that entails for your organization – business or non-profit – and options to make it happen.
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