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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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.
Continue reading ““We Hired a Strategic Plan Facilitator – I’d rather go to the dentist”.”
Strategic Planning has gotten a bad rap for not addressing questions that turn on the critical choices that constitute strategy. Some critics have noted that strategic plans can simply be a roll-up of plans from across the organization, with little or no alignment and absent of any transformative attributes.
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Committees offer the promise of addressing critical issues that affect an association’s sector or profession. Committees can help deliver results on governance issues, advocacy initiatives, or new programs for members. But they can also generate risks and even peril to associations.
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When we are building a strategic framework with our clients, the first accomplishment is the refinement of an existing Vision Statement or the creation of a new one. What flows from the Vision Statement are Pillars of Success, Strategic Objectives, Measures and Key Initiatives.
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An objective or measurable step is required to achieve any strategy.
That is why Strategic Objectives is one of the five elements of our Strategic Framework. It starts with a Vision Statement, it follows with Pillars of Success and then we develop Strategic Objectives. These are followed by Measures (dashboard) and Key Initiatives.
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Establishing Key Initiatives for the organization makes a Strategic Framework a lot more “real” for many employees.
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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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Within any organization, there is always a lot of noise. The noise is generated by the daily wins, losses, crises, frustrations, delays, complexity and a vast array of individual decisions. Critics of strategic planning argue that planning itself often adds to the noise and fails to provide clarity and focus. Continue reading “Getting Focus Within Strategic Planning”
We have congratulated ourselves on the creation of a powerful strategic framework to guide the organization for the next few years. For our clients will include a strategic framework with:
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