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Strategic Planning and Management Insights

Top 10 Articles and Resources that Will Help Guide Your Strategy

[fa icon="calendar"] September 24 / by Jenna Sedmak

Developing your strategic plan can be daunting - especially if you're not sure where to begin. Whether you have the resources and staff in house or are looking to work with outside consultants, these articles and resources share best practices that will help you evaluate, create and execute a strategic plan, while also creating alignment and getting buy in from your team. 

1. Sample Strategic Planning Agenda

Interested in the strategic planning process but not sure where to start? Although each organization will have unique needs and a slightly different process, we’ve put together a sample agenda template that will help guide you through the process.

2. Business Strategy Models - Which One For Your Business?

Sifting through various methods and strategic planning models can be daunting if you’re not familiar with the ins and outs of the planning process. There are a multitude of different strategy models, and what works for one organization may not work as well for another. Strategy is not “one size fits all”.

GET 15 QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR TEAM –– STRATEGIC PLANNING QUESTIONAIRE

3. What is Scenario Planning and How to Use it

Everything is constantly changing and no business can remain static but also grow. How can you plan for a future that is uncertain? Scenario planning helps guide logical decision making and is a great part of a fluid strategy. Technologies shift, markets change, trends come and go, and it is important to have a plan to help you navigate and predict these uncertainties.

4. Sample Strategic Plans - Canada, USA and Global

We’ve compiled a list of strategic plans from around the world so you can get a glimpse of how a variety of organizations have addressed their strategy. Selected organizational examples include: medicine, film, sports, transportation, radio, local governments, education, and more.

5. Google’s Top 5 Ways to Build a Perfect and Productive Team

Google - the gurus of innovation and productivity - share their insights on how to build a perfect and productive team, and we couldn’t agree more.

6. Strategic planning helps you achieve your organizational goals faster

Do you know what your organization’s long term goals are? Have you outlined clear steps on how you will reach them? Strategic planning plays an important role in identifying, prioritizing and reaching your goals.

7. Getting Buy In for Your Business Strategy: Lessons from Tableau’s CEO on Going International

Creating a strategic plan is one thing, and executing it is another. Making sure your team members are all on the same page and supporting the same vision will go a long way towards reaching success. Tableau's CEO shares why employee buy in plays an important role in strategy. 

8. Why Do the Best Companies in the World Use Strategic Planning?

When it comes to strategy, planning is important regardless of the size of your organization. Learn why the top companies in the world have sound strategic plans. 

9. The Strategic Planning Process

Ready to implement your strategic plan but aren't quite sure how to share it with your team? We've created a slide show that will walk you through the process step-by-step. 

10. How to Set Strategic Priorities in Your Strategic Plan

Are you interested in setting strategic priorities? Our recorded webinar will walk you through the best practices of how to identify your objectives and strategic priorities. 

 
Find out more about our starter kit and how it will help you learn the complete strategic planning process
and to align your team for successful implementation:

ACCESS OUR STRATEGIC PLANNING COURSE 

 

Topics: Strategic planning, Business strategy, education

Jenna Sedmak

Written by 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, project management and strategic plan implementation.

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