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StratXtra, Issue 2013-7 Strategic planning is dead, long live strategic planning
November 04, 2013

Issue 2013-7

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Staying in touch with the world of strategic planning

Strategic planning- dead or alive?

As I am writing this I checked and found 4,550 references on Google to ‘Strategic Planning is Dead’, and 596 results for ‘Strategic Planning is Alive’.

It has become popular in recent times to declare the demise of strategic planning. Its many defects are listed, and then something is asserted to be alive in its place. Strategic Planning is Dead Long live Strategic Thinking, and so on.

This may be of some use as a rhetorical device to call for improvements in the practice of strategic planning. However, the frequent declaration that strategic planning is no longer of value seems to be contradicted by some facts. The Bain and Company survey on Management Tools & Trends 2013 shows once again that strategic planning sits at the top of the list of management tools in terms of usage and satisfaction among managers.

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

Measuring the gap to be bridged by your corporate strategy

I’ve just published a few pages on the website about gap analysis.

Gap analysis is a tool that organizational managers can use to work out the size, and sometimes the shape, of the strategic tasks to be undertaken in order to move from its current state to a desired, future state.

I believe many strategic planning exercises do not get the full value from gap analysis. Analysis of gaps is a very effective technique for guiding the planning team in looking for corporate strategies to achieve targeted levels of corporate performance.

It is common in many organizations, especially non profit organizations (NPO) to begin with producing mission, vision and values statements. This can give some people a warm glow at having agreed some splendid statements about excellence, innovation and sustainability. Then they trip lightly through the SWOT analysis, and quickly produce a shopping list of strategies. If they took more trouble developing a Gap Analysis they would learn valuable lessons about their organization.

If you would like to try out the gap analysis technique using some data from your own organization try the Argenti online gap analysis tool.

You can get more information on gap analysis when you click here.

Stay up to date

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The Argenti System of Strategic Planning

The approach to strategic planning that is most in line with the philosophy of Simply Strategic Planning is that developed by John Argenti over forty years ago.

The Argenti System of Strategic Planning can improve the Performance of Your Business by helping you to find Strategic Elephants!

The Argenti process is the only all-in-one planning system, planning-assistance, and planning facilitation service that makes it simple for chief executives and other senior managers to design an exciting future for their organization and improve the performance and morale of the management team while doing so.

A strategic plan built using The Argenti System of Strategic Planning can result in superior long term performance for the organization, as clients can attest.

To find out more click here.

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