Strategic Planning Process
Building an Aligned Strategic Planning Process
The strategic planning process is about designing the future. It’s about identifying your competitive advantages, and then developing them to best position you for success in your market. Your ability to identify and exert influence on a concentrated selection of Critical Leverage Points is key to achieving your objectives and developing a strategy that can withstand first contact with the enemy: your environment.
Our expertise lies in getting the best strategy out of your team by helping them think clearly and creatively, leveraging lessons learned and insights from a specially tapped feedback team. We train your team leaders on how to stay connected, communicate clearly and stay aligned as their mission is accomplished.
Getting the Strategy Right
Common Road Blocks to Strategy & Execution
Having a great strategic plan is one thing; executing it is everything. Not many organizations succeed at both.
Lack of Focus
Leaders can be overly ambitious or worse -- fear narrowing the focus. Too many initiatives can result in a lack of sustained, effective action. Cutting scope reduces the number of possible wins and can feel like increasing risk. But cutting scope allows the entire team to focus intensely.
Even with high performers, you may not reach success if everyone is going in different directions. But when the entire organization moves in one direction, it creates momentum and the ability to achieve your plans. Having a process or record, or a single planning and execution framework, makes it easier to build alignment.
Disciplined Execution is MIA
With normal interruptions and overflowing inboxes, many teams start off with the plan in mind and drift into 'business as usual' territory, realizing too late that they are well behind on their strategic goals and initiatives. Organizational discipline has to be relentlessly pursued. Set a policy to start meetings start on time and measure results every week -- and stick to it.
Building & Communicating Strategy
Effective leadership develops, guides and empowers engaged individuals. Develop your leaders and they will build the teams to get you to your pre-planned future.
Start with Lessons Learned
Most organizations don't think to start planning next year by debriefing what happened this year. We always insist on starting with a comprehensive debrief using the S.T.E.A.L.T.H. Debrief method. In a debrief, everyone is nameless and rank-less allowing for an honest, open reveiw. It's not who's right, it's what's right.
Communicate the Destination
It's critical to get input from the right people in your organization to build your plan, but start with your CEO's vision, or Leader's Intent. That helps keep all aspects of the plan aligned. When your teams buy into a single aligned plan mapped to a clear high-definition destination, teams can make necessary pivots. Make sure your organizational purpose and goals are simple and clear enough to be understood and mapped to daily decisions at all levels.
Support Collaborative Innovation
You can’t demand innovation, but you can nurture dialogue by adhering to a common language and process for collaboration that sets the stage and breeds innovative thinking. Flawless Execution can help by providing your team with that common language and process for collaboration.
Kick Start Creativity
As you plan your missions, list out any resources available to you to accomplish your mission. Include the whole planning team in identifying resources. This critical step can help turbo charge your efforts by uncovering help in places you weren't expecting. This is just the first step in fostering creativity in how you go about executing your plan.