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StratXtra, Issue 2013-1 Strategic planning can be a handfull
February 11, 2013

Issue 2013-1

Hello! Welcome to StratXtra, the electronic strategic planning newsletter or 'ezine' designed to complement the website simply-strategic-planning.com.

The Simply Strategic Planning website was started because I was concerned that the field of corporate strategy had become excessively complicated. This growing complexity was in danger of creating confusion for practicing managers, business owners, and members of governing boards.

So that you can get your hands on practical information to help you in your own strategic planning efforts, I will use StratXtra to-

  • provide comment on current issues in strategic planning,
  • offer information on updates to the website, and
  • suggest links to other material or services that could be of value.

Before going further you might like an understanding of what I mean by strategic planning. Click here for a definition of strategic planning.

While I believe that strategic planning is vitally important, and I also believe that it can be a very simple process, that does not mean that I am naïve enough to think that the process is easy to carry out well. It will be helpful though to keep our eye on the essentials.


Strategic Planning- the handful of essentials

I have found from long and sometimes painful experience that to effectively plan strategically requires only a handful of essential procedures. You can improve long-term performance of your organization, at dramatically reduced risk, with these five simple planning process elements or procedures.

Effective strategic planning requires only the following handful of procedures-

  1. 1. Engage commitment from the right people
  2. 2. Set long term objectives for improved performance
  3. 3. Generate strategic options
  4. 4. Evaluate and decide on strategies
  5. 5. Monitor plan execution against the long term objectives.

I will go into more detail on each of these in following issues of StratXtra, our strategic planning newsletter.

Can't wait? You can get more information when you click here.


As well as StratXtra being a way to keep up to date with what is happening at simply-strategic-planning.com, you can also keep up to date by following the Strategic Planning Blog.

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