I would like to tell you a little about Simply Strategic Planning: the website, and the services it offers.
Simply Strategic Planning (SSP) is one of the services of the Executive Consultancy Service.
The Executive Consultancy Service (ECS) is a management consulting practice. ECS specializes on strategic planning services and products.
In recent years, the service is mainly online. For more about how ECS moved to online activity go to e-business in the menu to the left.
The owner and director of ECS is Tom Yardley.
The work of ECS in strategic planning has been influenced by some specific sources.
A major influence is the work of John Argenti. He is the developer the Argenti Process of Strategic Planning.
All forms of organization can use this process of strategic planning.
It differs in a number of ways from other planning processes -
This view of 'strategy' also places consideration of these elephant sized issues before all those Mission and Vision Statements.
In the Argenti process, however, mission and vision are outputs, not inputs.
Argenti further insists that only a top-level Planning Team, actively led by a CEO, can effectively prepare a strategic plan; no one else has the power for decisions of this corporate level significance.
The starting point of the Argenti Process is a very precise definition of corporate purpose.
Then the planning team sets two top targets for corporate performance and makes double forecasts.
This leads to a simple but essential Gap Analysis - these are all missing in other processes which, I believe, renders them almost useless.
Argenti accepts only evidence-based SWOTs that are developed in a specially designed workshop attended by three levels of management, and so on.
The list of practical, experience-based, techniques continues right to the end of the Process, by setting up a feedback 'Monitoring Loop'.
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Argenti Strategic Planning is a process which, for more than forty years, has been used by over 2000 companies and NPOs around the world. Many of them have since become world class performers.
One key lesson from all this experience is that the starting
point for a successful strategic plan is categorically not to announce
a Mission or Vision Statement. Instead your planning team must move carefully
through the ‘Argenti Purpose Sequence©’.
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Another key lesson from the Argenti Strategic Planning experience is that, throughout the process, you must avoid being caught in the details. Ignoring this rule can derail your entire planning process. The Argenti Strategic Planning Process shows you how to concentrate like a laser on the ‘The Strategic Elephants’.
See the Executive Tour for a brief description of The Argenti System.