Addressing the right strategic planning questions can help you to frame a sound corporate strategy for your organization.
During the corporate strategic planning process, clarity will be gained about the few key issues to be addressed by the organization, if is to thrive over the next few years.
Towards the end of a well run planning process, one that addresses the right questions, a consensus emerges around one particular strategy or small set of strategies.
What are some questions that can help achieve this consensus?
I am not talking the usual strategy questions such as -
We need a more specific set of planning questions than these.
You might also check out this link to a set of questions, which can set you thinking about he planning process itself.
The most basic question to ask is “why plan?”
Reason to undertake strategic planning
In my opinion, strategic planning motivation must have a more drive than comes from following a standard calendar. “Three years have passed, must be time for a strategic plan.” There must be a strategic reason for undertaking strategic planning.
The most obvious and rarely used basis for doing strategic planning is when you have lost confidence in your current strategies!
The other obvious trigger for renewing the strategic plan is when you can see the current plan is nearing completion.
However, in some cases you may not have the much discretion over when you carry out strategic planning, such when there are legislated planning events.
How do we plan?
This whole simply-strategic-planning.com site is about how to carry out corporate strategic planning in all sorts of organizations.
We can see that even before the strategic planning process commences, you need to address a few questions.
An organization should have a reason for existing. Questions relating to purpose, outcomes or impacts on the world should be the foundation for other parts of the strategic planning exercise.
Such questions include these -
For more information, see Corporate Objectives.
Relevant planning questions include:
More strategic planning question in this vein to be asked include-
Strengths and Weaknesses
Opportunities and Threats
These pragmatic questions require great honesty on the part of the planning team in carrying out this strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats analysis.
For more information on how to carry out SWOT analysis, go here.
Selecting the strategies
Action Plans, Business Plans, and Budgets
All of the above suggest a range of questions for strategic planners that can provide guidance for the planning process.
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