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Strategic Planning and Management Insights

Jenna Sedmak

Jenna is the communications and client partnership manager with SME Strategy. She spends her time building relationships with the public, clients and partners through web content and podcast production, industry research, customer relations, and project management.

Recent Posts

Top Five KPI Mistakes & How to Avoid Them

[fa icon="calendar'] April 14 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, strategic priorities, goals, KPI

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While each part of the strategic planning process is important, a little extra attention may be needed when developing your key performance indicators (KPIs). By this stage in your strategy development, you’ve already revised your organization’s vision, mission and values; you’ve worked through your SWOT and PESTLE analyses; and you’ve discussed scenarios and risks that your organization or industry may encounter in the future. You’ve done a lot of great work, but it doesn’t end there.

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SME Strategy's Managing Partner to Speak at Engage Strategy Conference, April 2019

[fa icon="calendar'] February 13 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, education

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We’re excited to announce that our Managing Partner, Anthony Taylor, will be speaking at the Engage Strategy Conference that will be held April 28-30 in Portland, Oregon. Hosted by Cascade Strategy, the leading strategic planning software provider, this conference aims to develop excitement around strategy, help senior leaders and managers to develop and focus their teams, and to share strategic insights between attendees.

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High Turnover is Bad For Business - Strategic Planning Can Help

[fa icon="calendar'] November 22 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, culture, engagement, accountability

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High turnover is expensive – the time and money invested in staff who have left will need to be invested again for the training of new staff, and there is the additional cost of time and money spent on recruitment and hiring. Additionally, organizational culture and productivity can suffer if staff turnover is frequent. From a capital perspective (both financial and human), it is important for organizations to focus on employee retention as a part of their business strategy.

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Why is Regular Strategic Planning Imperative for Tech-Sector Success?

[fa icon="calendar'] October 22 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, alignment, strategic priorities

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Every business will see benefits from regular strategic plan development. However, organizations that operate within fast-paced industries, such as the technology sector, will see additional benefits from shorter intervals between planning sessions. 

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How to Stay Organized & Keep Your Board Running Smoothly

[fa icon="calendar'] September 18 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, Leadership

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If you’re a non-profit or growing organization with a board, you’ve likely got a big group of stakeholders to communicate with. You need to make sure the board leaders, directors, management, and employees are all aligned on the direction of the organization, while keeping volunteers and external stakeholders and shareholders in the loop.

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Our Top Resources to Develop your Strategic Plan

[fa icon="calendar'] June 19 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Business strategy, strategic planning tools

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Over the past five years, we have put together a number of resources to help leaders and teams understand the strategic planning process and to develop and implement successful strategies. We'd like to share what our community of viewers, listeners and readers have decided are our top resources across our media platforms.  

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Understanding the Value of Accountability in Your Business (and why it's important for success)

[fa icon="calendar'] May 30 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, accountability

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To effectively implement a strategic plan or carry out a complex project, a culture of accountability needs to be developed throughout the organization. To achieve success, everyone needs to understand the organization's strategy, their individual roles within the company, and the specific tasks or projects that they are responsible for. Accountability is not limited to staff - Managers and leaders must also follow through on their promises and remain committed to their performance and organizational goals.

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