Category: Strategic Planning

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Three Strategic Planning Questions That Everyone Should Ask

Everyone’s heard of SWOT analyses – or variants thereof. But what are the questions you really need to ask yourself if you’re thinking strategically? Here are three key strategic planning questions: First, are we clear on our purpose and our bigger “why? Whether you’re a private company, a not-for-profit, a public corporation, or a government …

What Is Strategic Planning?

Our firm has facilitated dozens of strategic planning processes with clients in all sectors. Inevitably, the question comes up: What does it mean? What is strategic planning?

10 Questions to Sharpen Your Strategic Thinking

Here are 10 questions that can be used to help develop a strategic plan.

Streamlined Strategic Planning

Charts, graphs, and thick binders containing reams of paper: is this what comes to mind when you think of strategic planning? If so, you may be reluctant to develop a strategic plan for your organization. However, without a clear strategic plan…

The Six Thinking Hats

The Six Thinking Hats method is a systematic way of thinking about individual roles and group communication. Published by Dr. Edward de Bono in 1985, the Six Thinking Hats method teaches members of a group to think about issues in specific ways. This tool explains each hat and how to use it effectively. What it …

How to Sharpen Focus—And Why It Matters

Why do some companies regularly fail to accomplish their most important priorities? Often the answer is that they’ve failed to sharpen the focus. There are simply too many goals, too many initiatives, and too many things that battle for attention. When this occurs, “goal fatigue” sets in and people tend to revert to doing what …

Strategic Planning Model – The Six Rings Model

This strategic planning model tool defines the six elements of a strategic plan and shows their relationship and inter-dependence. This is a valuable tool to use in guiding the strategic planning process. The Six Rings Strategic Planning Model Overview: The Six Rings Model starts with defining purpose and core values. A vision then flows from …

Defining a Competitive Strategy

This tool shows how to define a competitive strategy that will distinguish you from your competitors and enable your company to win and maintain market share. It employs a multi-step process that asks leaders to answer a logical series of questions related to the competition. Among other things, it results in an analysis of potential …

50+ Vision Statement Examples from High-Performing Organizations

Establishing good vision in an organization is the key to sharpening focus. A statement of vision says, “here’s our direction, here’s where we’re going, and here’s how we’re going to change the world.” This tool defines a successful vision and provides examples of good vision statements. (Updated for 2020) Successful Vision Vision is not simply …

Strategic Thinking and Planning

This article describes the characteristics of strategic thinking and planning. It lays out a series of strategic questions, recommendations, and strategic options. It shows the traps to avoid. We recommend this as an excellent guide to all strategic planning processes. Introduction to Strategic Thinking If you want to think strategically, we advise that you start …