Right-Sized Strategic Plans for All Businesses
What does business improvement mean to you? Your company?
What do you want to make better? Why? How will that increase profit? What has to be given up to make that change?
These are the questions that business leaders struggle with every day. One of the most frequently used tools to address those issues is strategic planning.
What Brings You Here?
The management team (even if that is just you) is responsible for getting better and better business results over time.
External challenges such as changes in competition, the global economy, and federal / state/ local regulations are happening almost daily, so improvement can become crucial to your company's survival. Driving innovation is a complex goal requiring the coordination of multiple parts of the business.
Your customers' needs are changing in reaction to the same challenges. They need you to help them with that.
You may also need to improve because your company is growing, and the way your business grew to this point is now holding you back from serving more customers.
Then there's the problem that our organizations were never built to be adaptable. Those early management pioneers, a hundred years ago, set out to build companies that were disciplined, not resilient. They understood that efficiency comes from routinizing the non-routine. Adaptability, on the other hand, requires a willingness to occasionally abandon those routines—and in most organizations there are precious few incentives to do that.
That's why change tends to come in one of two varieties: the trivial and the traumatic. Perhaps you are ready to avoid both.
Where Do You Need to Start?
The first step toward effective strategy is diagnosing the specific structure of the challenge or problem rather than simply naming performance goals.
The second step is choosing an overall guiding policy to build a new advantage or leverage an existing one in your company.
The third step is designing actions and assigning resources to implement the chosen guiding policy.
If the company / division / department leaders don’t complete those three steps, it’s difficult for anyone to develop the goals required to accomplish the strategy. Forging ahead anyway will only lead to confusion, poor results, and firefighting.
How Accountable Are Your Employees?
Does your organization have a problem with low accountability? Do you see a lot of victim behavior: blaming, ignoring/denying, “it’s not my job,” wait and see behavior?
If there is an accountability problem, it’s unlike the company or department strategies will get the traction needed to gain momentum towards the desired results.
How Well Does Your Organization Set Goals?
The S.M.A.R.T. goal setting method has been around for years and is generally accepted as an effective technique. The challenge is in having everyone—including top leaders—use it correctly and consistently.
Are You Ready for Help?
Our straight-forward, common-sense strategic planning approach develops and aligns strategic thinking, people, and processes while minimizing the impact of anything that can get in the way. We help you:
- Define the vision and strategies to guide the desired changes
- Understand the current state of the company, which parts of the company will be affected, and what the desired state looks like.
- Align the division, department, team, and individual goals.
- Communicate to help everyone stay informed and insure problems are identified and dealt with
- Develop a culture where people choose to be accountable for their part of the change.
Our strategic planning service works seamlessly with our executive leadership and individual leadership coaching services to help individuals maximize their effectiveness and realize personal and professional success.
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