I have frequently observed that when delegations of business executives meet their government equivalents there can be gaps in communication. This can be the result of different perspectives about the substantive issues. For example, businesspeople usually have very specific interests and the government officials have a sense of responsibility to a wider set of competing interests.
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As a first step in a strategic plan or assessing a business model, it helps to assess the factors in the environment that could have an impact on the success of our organization.
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Where to focus a business leader’s attention when it comes to creating a strategic plan for future success?
For most of my career, I have been very comfortable with the model illustrated below.
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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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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 practicewe 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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Creating a strategic Framework should be designed to alleviate business pains and help generate business gains.
When assessing your current situation, three variables of pain may tell the tale – related to your:
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Let’s consider five reasons why you should invest in strategic planning.
- The Promise of Long-Term Sustainability
- Helps your people
- Provides a touchstone for on-going decision-making
- Better allocation of resources
- It gets everyone off the bus
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