Why You Need a Strategic Plan and an Action Plan
Your strategic plan is the roadmap to success for your organization, connecting decision-making with a shared vision. A strong strategic plan affects every department and all levels of stakeholders, whether you’re a senior leader for your city or part of the municipal staff. But designing a roadmap for the future is only one part of the process. If there’s no implementation, the goals and milestones you’ve meticulously mapped out might as well be stuck in the glovebox. It’s like starting a car on an empty tank of gas—it takes a strategic action plan to choose the best route, rev the engine, navigate, and reach your destination.
5 Strategic Planning Pitfalls and How to Avoid Them
Despite the best of intentions, strategic planning sessions have a tendency to end in heartache. According to Greg Bustin at Bustin & Co. “...depending on which study you follow, the statistics range from a dismal 3 percent of companies who say they are successful at executing their strategies to about one out of every three organizations that integrates its plans into its daily operations with high effectiveness.”
10 Reasons Strategic Planning Lives Beyond Spreadsheets
If you’re still using spreadsheets to track performance on your strategic plan, you’re not alone. With over 750 million users worldwide, spreadsheets have been the go-to business reporting and analysis software since 1985. While static spreadsheets still have their uses, they fall short on providing a complete reporting and business intelligence solution.