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Strategic Planning and Management Insights

10 Things You Can Do Today to Improve Your Strategic Planning and Alignment

[fa icon="calendar"] March 13 / by Anthony Taylor

Developing your team , creating your strategic plan, and building your culture are all moving targets. There’s no "final result", but rather endless opportunities for growth and development, and benchmarks to measure success along the way. 

As your organization grows both in size and in complexity and as your staff changes over and your strategic priories evolve, you and your team will be required to adjust how you approach your strategy and people development.

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Regardless of where you are at in your strategic maturity, here are 10 things you can do to improve your strategic planning and execution:

  1. Talk to your employees. Get their perspectives on what's working and what's not working for them both within the organization and the leadership team.
  2. Check in to see if your team is living their values and how those match with the organizational values. 
  3. Ask your managers what the vision of your organization is and how this compares with their own individual visions. 
  4. Do an environmental scan: What will your industry look like in 5 to 10 years? What sort of trends are happening now that might affect, change, or shape the future of your sector? 
  5. Does your mission statement accurately describe what you do as an organization?
  6. What are your top three strategic priorities for this quarter or year? Do your managers know what they are? Do they have different strategic priorities?
  7. Ask your team if they know what the KPIs are that support each priority area. Do they know which specific action items they (or their team) are accountable for? 
  8. Ask your people if they know where they can review the strategic plan and the current progress of it.
  9. What are the current risks and uncertainties for your organization?
  10. Have a meeting to share the thoughts and feedback from all the above (or, quarterly strategic planning team meetings!) 

Learn more about the benefits of developing your organizational strategy with your team:

Download PDF: Benefits of a strategic planning meeting.

Or, contact us for information on how working with a facilitator can help you maximize your resources:

Learn more about using a facilitator for your meeting

 

Topics: Strategic planning, strategic management, alignment, facilitation

Anthony Taylor

Written by Anthony Taylor

Anthony Taylor is thought leader on strategy and leadership. He's a published author on the subject of entrepreneurship and strategy, Anthony can be found doing keynotes in both French and English. You can connect with him on Twitter @anthonyctaylor and have him work with your team on your strategy and organizational development.

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