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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 "finished result", but rather endless opportunities for growth and development.

As your organization grows both in size and in complexity, 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.

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

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In no particular order:

  1. Talk to your employees. Get their perspectives on what's working and what's not working for them with the organization and the leadership.
  2. See if your team is living their values.
  3. Ask your managers what the vision of your organization is?  What are their own individual visions?
  4. Do an environmental scan: What will your industry look like in 5/10 years? Trends are happening now that might affect/change/shape that future? 
  5. Does your mission/purpose statement accurately describe what you do as an organization?
  6. What are your top 3 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 the KPI’s for each strategic priority are. (Do they know how they can contribute to them and win?)
  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.


If you want more context about these questions here is a free download to prepare you for your next meeting.

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Topics: strategic management, alignment

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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