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Strategic Planning and Management Insights

Jenna Sedmak

Jenna is the Director of Communication & Client Partnerships 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, project management and strategic plan implementation.

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Stages of Team Development During Times of Change

[fa icon="calendar'] April 24 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Change management, team building, Planning for the future, remote work, crisis management, Tuckman's Stages of team development, team development

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Sudden changes, such as the current COVID-19 global health crisis has caused a disruption in every-day business, while many individuals and teams find themselves navigating new ways to work together effectively.

While Tuckman’s Stages of Team Development apply to newly formed teams, they also apply to teams that encounter new situations or experience abrupt change and disruption.  

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Remote Working, Crisis Management & Business Continuity During COVID-19

[fa icon="calendar'] March 19 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, remote work, crisis management

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Although some professionals, like Bill Gates, have stated that we need to be prepared for the next global pandemic,  the swift spread of COVID-19 and cascading global impacts were unexpected. After an abundance of COVID-19 related deaths in China, medical systems collapsing in Italy, and expert recommendations to flatten the curve, many businesses have shifted to remote work, are operating in a limited capacity, or have had to close their doors. 

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The Difference Between Program Management & Project Management - How to Use Strategy to Align Them

[fa icon="calendar'] January 13 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, Project managment, Program management

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While program management and project management are often related, there are key differences that set them apart. For organizations that run programs, it’s important to understand these differences so that their program leaders and project managers are working towards the same organizational goals, and are aligned on projects that support program initiatives and organizational strategic priorities. 

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What is the Difference Between a Strategic Plan and an Operational Plan?

[fa icon="calendar'] September 24 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, operational planning

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A common misunderstanding we encounter when working with organizations is the difference between strategic planning and operational planning. While the two are closely connected, it’s important to understand how they are different and how your organization can use both types of plans to move the needle forward on your goals.

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3 Steps for Tracking, Monitoring & Implementing Your Strategic Plan

[fa icon="calendar'] May 08 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, strategic planning tools, implementation, measurement, KPI

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Once you’ve had your strategy meeting and have developed your organization’s strategic plan, you might be wondering what comes next. 

The strategic planning process doesn’t end once a document is created. To successfully execute your strategy across the organization, careful attention needs to be paid to the next steps: communication, implementation, monitoring and tracking.  

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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 Strategic priorities; 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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