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StratXtra, Issue 2013-1 Strategic planning can be a handfull
March 04, 2013

Issue 2013-2

Hello! Welcome to StratXtra, the electronic strategic planning newsletter designed to complement the website

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.

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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 imagine 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 Part 1.
Engage commitment from the right people

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.

This is how you Start and ensure Support for planning, and the implementation of the plan. The people you need to include are primarily the Chief Executive Officer and their immediate reporting managers, and the layer of staff or management at one remove from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO.

In turn the CEO must engage with the governing body, who in turn engage the beneficiary groups they are there to represent. Other stakeholder groups may possibly be affected by the implementation of the strategic corporate plan in the operation of the enterprise. Their interests must be respected. It must be remembered that the processes for engaging people operate in various ways in all the other stages of the planning process.

For more on who should be involved in the strategic planning process go here.

I will go into more detail on each of the other four elements of the five essentials in following issues of StratXtra, our strategic planning newsletter.

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

Next issue of StratXtra will talk about how to Set long term strategic objectives for improved performance of your organization.

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