Almost everyone agrees that organization planning is preferable to ad hoc, intuitive, reactionary or shoot-from-the-hip decision-making. Most agree that decision-makers actually do have a strategy but they may not have described it (1) for fear that it may take away some personal competitive advantage, (2) they just have not gotten around to it, (3) they suspect their strategy may not be aligned with business performance outcomes, (4) they don't want to get sucked into a long and convoluted process, or (5) they have seen too many planning efforts result in SPOTS (Strategic Plans On The Shelf). The fact is...a clearly understood strategy aligned with business outcomes is imperative for business success. Successful organizations have a plan for making changes and prioritizing decisions required by a changing environment, and everyone knows what is most important in achieving the plan. Successful leaders realize that planning is both a process and a destination. They want everyone working and thinking planfully. Don't you?

 

There are several approaches. We offer the ones that start with the implementation and on-going measurement tools built in (no SPOTS). Starting with:

  • Assess the current state of the organization
  • Develop core strategies
  • Develop key success factors and how to measure progress toward achieving them
  • Develop contingency plans
  • Identify where functional plans will be needed to support the strategic plan
  • Set up ongoing implementation and evaluation mechanism

We then begin to determine how we can achieve a strategic plan in the least amount of time with the greatest amount of organizational commitment utilizing the best available technology, including:

    • Norms Mapping capacity to uncover informal organization dynamic
    • Appreciative Inquiry skills to emphasize positive futures    
    • Team Building to solidify planning team commitment and high performance
    • Process mapping and evaluation skills
    • Web-based values surveying
    • Visioning
    • Training skills to maximize planning member and support staff performance
    • Open space meeting technology to include large numbers of stakeholders in key meetings
    • Groupware technology to electronically facilitate large group meetings
    • Future Search Conference capability to reduce strategic planning time
    • Hyper-linked strategic planning technology to track plan development and progress of key success factors, contributors to the key success factors and organization competencies
    • Hundreds of proven strategic planning tools to help the parties plan
    • Web based integrated strategy development and reporting
    • Continuous environmental testing of the political, economic, legislative, demographic, legal and other external environmental forces on the organization
    • Strategic People Planning - Human Resource strategic planning or the entire organization
    • E-surveys to employees and stakeholders