There are countless books, articles and even courses devoted to strategic planning. There are almost as many consultants offering their strategic planning facilitation services. The reaction that I often get from managers is that strategic planning is probably a good thing but they are concerned about how to complete it in a way that is not too costly and that actually brings value. It is my experience that the following are the essential ingredients to completing highly effective and valuable strategic planning process:
You may have noticed that I did not include the use of facilitator in the above list. Facilitators can bring great value to the process depending upon the self-sufficiency of the participants and what the organization can afford.
The next articles will discuss the use of a facilitator and each of the above components in more detail.
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By Terry Thompson, Surrey, BC, CYBF mentor, firstname.lastname@example.org