Strategic Thinking, Planning, and Implementation

Being a systems thinker, I help you see your business or enterprise as a living organism in an environment that’s in constant flux. Just as the human body is impacted systemically when a change occurs in one organ or appendage, organizations need to be understood as a whole and not as connected parts that don’t interrelate. In order to plan strategically, future trends must be determined from many points of view. Often, varying potential scenarios need to be created to plan effectively. Getting input from key stakeholders at the right time is also critical to the success of any planning effort. Building in feedback loops keeps a strategic plan fresh and adapting to the environment. Execution of the strategy requires analysis of organization structure, culture, leadership, communication, decision-making. Finally, using a dashboard or scorecard of measures helps monitor success.

Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare. —Japanese proverb

Strategic Planning Methods Used:

  • Systems thinking
  • Preferred futuring
  • Whole-scale change
  • Appreciative inquiry
  • Scenario planning
  • Future search
  • Open space
  • Polarity management
  • Balanced scorecard

Outcomes:

  • High degree of participation from stakeholders
  • Alignment around future vision, mission, outcomes and strategies
  • Re-energized workforce committed to a plan
  • Confidence in the future direction of the company or organization
  • Accountability to achieving results throughout the organization

Compare our approach to others as you consider strategic planning options.