- Does your organization want to adjust its direction in response to the changing environment?
- Are you planning to set priorities, focus energy and resources and ensure that employees and other stakeholders are working toward common goals?
- Are you about to undertake a new major venture such as developing a new department, division, major new product or line of products?
Our approach to Strategic Planning is extremely effective in bringing a group of people with diverse backgrounds, priorities and points of view into consensus and catalyzing them to action. The methods we use provide a distinct structure, clear limits and explicit guidelines, while respecting the autonomy and inspiring the creativity of the participants. As they move through the processes, the participants collaboratively create a set of mutually agreed upon strategic directions to guide them over the next three to five years. The elements of the process include:
The Practical Vision
A practical vision is a dynamic and evolutionary expression of hope and intention. The clearer the vision, the more focused the strategy.
Underlying Contradictions are the real issues facing an organization. They become clear when placed under the light of a practical vision. Without a vision, problems and anxieties are relegated to “lists of things to do” or are explained away as personal conflicts. If a group plans only in relation to its vision however, it runs the risk of being thwarted by unseen or unanticipated obstacles.
When an organization plans in relation to its real situation and its identified underlying contradictions, the organization optimizes the possibility of realizing its vision. The Strategic Directions session is the pivotal point in the process. It is the beginning of the creation of an action plan. The practical vision and underlying contradictions employ visionary and analytical thinking. This session encourages people to think strategically.
Developing an Implementation Plan establishes a sense of momentum that carries the group into purposeful action. The success of any plan depends on specifying directions, aligning resources, choosing roles and responsibilities, and building team commitment. In this step, individuals and teams determine their role in the “big picture.”