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Make Things Happen: Strategic Planning

Most of us have seen it . . . . . . endless over-drafting of a strategic plan only to see it sit on a shelf or get tucked in a drawer. Ends and means reversal.

We all understand the importance of strategic planning (mission, vision, and values too), unfortunately plan implementation often doesn’t realize the "planned on" goals, for any number of reasons:

"Something important came up"

"We turned it over to the functional managers"

"That’s not the way we’ve always done it"

"That’s not OUR job"

"They (executives) didn’t ask us, and now they want us to implement this?


If we continue to do things the same way, we’ll continue to get the same results

What do you mean we didn’t get the results we wanted?

If we fail to understand in the beginning, the understanding will be lacking in the end.

Consistent with John Lennon’s observation,

“Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans.”

Strategic planning should provide for analyzing, designing and developing an organization’s business and its values for the future from where its business resides today. Strategic planning is part of most firms’ overall management planning process, where it can take any one of many strategic pathways, based upon a firm’s vision, leadership, culture, values, development level, environment, size, and resources.

In most cases, a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) is assessed to help develop a strategic path and supporting tactical objectives and actions.

At the WorkPlace Cornerstone Group we know that Strategic Planning can make the difference between winning and losing. Let our experienced staff be part of making that difference.

"It’s the planning effort that makes the first impression,
and the implementation that will make a lasting impression."

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