A First Step in Strategic Planning – Assessing the Environment

A First Step in Strategic Planning – Assessing the Environment

As a first step within a strategic planning process, it is important to recognize that the nature of the competitive forces within our industry will determine the relative scope for growth and profitability. Understanding the dynamics of these forces will help us to assess the potential for new opportunities and begin to differentiate ourselves from others.
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“We Hired a Strategic Plan Facilitator – I’d rather go to the dentist”.

We Hired a Strategic Plan Facilitator

For the past three decades I have been facilitating strategic planning sessions for client organizations. It’s something that I enjoy doing. It is a role that has brought me in front of hundreds of groups of people in North America and Europe. However, I am the first to admit that it isn’t what I do that adds luster to my resume, it’s the people and groups that I have been associated with.

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Strategic Framework: Creating Measures and Using a Dashboard

Strategic Framework: Creating Measures and Using a Dashboard

In our facilitation and consulting practice we enable clients to build Strategic Frameworks. These multi-year plans include a Vision Statement, Pillars of Success, Strategic Objectives, Measures and Key Initiatives. It is important to differentiate Strategic Objectives, which are long-term, comprehensive and measurable outcomes, from Measures, which are the subject of this article.
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