It’s that time of year again ­­– when leaders and organizations start thinking about strategic planning for 2017.

If you and your team have a response other than enthusiastic engagement – you are doing it wrong. What I mean is that strategic planning, done well, is a tremendous opportunity to produce at least these 8 outcomes:

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  1. Creatively think outside the box to move your business forward
  2. Get everyone’s best thinking on the table for consideration
  3. Build excellent communication and collaboration going forward
  4. Answer the most fundamental questions that good strategy must do
  5. Create enthusiasm for the process, the results, and the impact this will have
  6. Set your team and organization up for improved collaboration and results

Unfortunately, most organizations rarely achieve even three of these eight important results in the way they do their strategic planning. This is poorly done strategy sessions, are a drag on performance, the way an executive team works together, and the results that organization can produce.

You deserve better than the standard SWAT analysis, focus on activities to the detriment to meaningful outcomes, and an inability to tie the planning to a compelling vision and mission that energizes and engages your entire organization.

Some of the most popular TED.com talks of all time focus on how important the question of why you do something is for your employees, your clients, your brand, and your reputation.

This is where the most successful strategic planning has to start – and I find a tiny minority build their plans on this critically important and valuable foundation. You must also establish clarity about the meaningful strategic goals, and of course, the most important strategies that you will employ to achieve your goals and fulfill your mission.

Want to test where your organization stands relative to really excellent strategic alignment and planning? Ask your team to answer these questions individually:

  1. What’s our organization’s mission?
  2. What are our organizations top three strategic goals this year?
  3. What are our most important strategic initiatives to achieve these goals and fulfill this mission?

If you don’t get the same answer from everyone – you do not have strategic alignment, nor planning that was effective. Whether you are doing well or struggling to survive and grow, when you have strategic alignment of your team, the levels of accomplishment, growth, success, and satisfaction are far greater.

Are you interested to know more about how to create the most powerful and compelling strategic alignment of your team and organization? Contact me for a free, no obligation, 15 minute conversation, where I promise you will get at least three immensely valuable insights to help make your planning far more effective and productive.

To your success,
Steve