Strategic planning workshop

Imagine that you are a general taking your troops into foreign territory. Would you guide them without a map? Without a strategy?

Unfortunately, many top executives are trying to do just that. They give employees only limited descriptions of what they should do and why those tasks are important. Without clearer and more detailed information, it’s no wonder that many companies have failed in executing their strategies. After all, how can people carry out a plan that they don’t fully understand?

Organizations need tools for communicating both their strategy and the processes and systems that will help them implement that strategy. Sometimes the executive team and upper management are so closely involved with the day to day of running the organization, that they have too little time to think about strategic matters. Sometimes they are so closely related to company activities that it is difficult to remain impartial. In these cases bringing in someone to facilitate the Strategic Planning process becomes an invaluable asset.

Objectives:

The ultimate aim of this Strategic Planning workshop is to create an Integrated Strategy Map, similar to the illustration below and to generate enough material to allow the organization to write a comprehensive Strategy Document.

Prerequisites:

This workshop builds on the foundation that the organization has a clear vision and wants to develop that into a strategic plan. If a clear vision or mission statements are not present it is recommended to invest some time in clarifying it before moving to this more strategic approach.

We provide a Vision Co-creation Workshop that serves that purpose.

Intended audience:

Anyone who is involved in the planning of an organizational strategy, from executive levels to regular employees.

Content:

In this workshop we will use the strategic principles found in the Balanced Scorecard Strategic Methodology to examine the four fundamental perspectives in your organization: Finance, Customers, Internal Business Processes and Capacity for Learning & Growth and build a ‘balanced’ strategy through the use of facilitated exercises.

Timewise,  this workshop usually takes three full day sessions, or more depending on the maturity and alignment of the organization. Typically these three sessions can be completed over a three week period, one session per week.

There has to be a gap between sessions 2 and 3 to allow sufficient time to develop and critique the ‘Intended Results’ (which will be written up outside the workshop session).

Deliverables:

The ultimate aim of this Strategy Planning workshop is to create an Integrated Strategy Map, similar to the illustration below and to generate enough material to allow the organization to write a comprehensive Strategy Document.

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This strategy map then serves as a tool to communicate, discuss, align and integrate the strategy at all levels of the organization, much like that map a general would use to guide his forces into battle.

We look forward to help you create your organizational strategy.

If you have any questions, get in touch with us and we will be happy to answer them.

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