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StratXtra, Issue 2013-6 Implementing and monitoring strategies
August 10, 2013

Issue 2013-5

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-

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Staying in touch with what is going on in the world of strategic planning

Strategy and Sustainability

The 33rd Strategic Management Society Annual International Conference in Atlanta will provide a forum for considering emerging and evolving notions of sustainability in strategy research and practice. 


Much has been done over the years to improve how firms develop, acquire, and deploy resources to create sustainable competitive advantage. However, major changes in competitive environments and in social trends present fresh challenges to top managers on how to the guide firms for long term sustainability. This conference provides an opportunity to share recent thinking on these concerns. Details at

Omni Hotel at CNN Center
100 CNN Center
Atlanta, Georgia 

Venue for the Strategic management Society Conference to be held September 28 - October 1, 2013

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 5.
Iimplement and monitor the progress of the strategic plan

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.

The first principle is to engage commitment from the right people. For more on who should be involved in the strategic planning process go here.

The second key procedure in an effective strategic planning process is to set long term strategic objectives for improved performance. For more information on the objectives setting process go here.

The third key activity, once having set long term performance objectives is to generate alternative strategies that could achieve the objectives.

Formal strategic planning calls for the analysis of key strategic factors, short listing the really major strategic issues and the generation of alternative strategies.

The fourth key procedure in an effective strategic planning process is to evaluate and decide strategies.

It is all too easy to go with the bright ideas that emerge from brainstorming strategic alternatives. Effective formal planning uses systematic methods for evaluating the various alternatives.

Processes of finding all the relevant significant strategic factors are covered on other pages about SWOT analysis, and methods for generating the alternative strategies will be under Business Strategy, for companies, or non-profit strategy making for other kinds of organization.

The fifth key procedure is to monitor execution of the strategies against the long term objectives

Having planned the work of implementing or executing the strategic plan, you need a system in place for working the plans as they get implemented. The plan should provide for formal reporting at agreed intervals. To allow for corrective action, the monitoring system should address the same objectives and factors determined as significant through the planning process. Too often there is a disconnect between the plan and how it is managed into reality.

You can get more information on managing strategy implementation here.

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