Here are 6 Secrets of Strategic Planning?

You’re probably the CEO or a company executive but you still spend too much time on the day-to-day. Here’s how to become the Strategic Planner your company needs.

1) Insight

Good Strategic Planners are capable of having penetrating mental vision the ability to see the underlying truth.
It is important to have an understanding of relationships that can scan shed light on or help solve a problem.

2) Critical Thinking

Critical thinkers can apply their skill sets to Strategic Planning by skillfully conceptualizing, applying, analyzing and evaluating information gathered from either observation, experience or communication.

3) Comprehension

There is always a temptation to reach for a fast (and potentially wrong) solution. A good strategic Planner holds firm, analyzing information from many sources before developing a viewpoint or decision if necessary. To get good at this, you have source multiple data sets and encourage others to do the same

4) Resolution

Most successful Leaders are strong at Strategic Planning and have a thought process that lends itself to selecting a logical choice from the available options. When trying to make a good decision, a person must weight the positives and negatives of each option, and consider all the alternatives. For effective planning, a person must be able to forecast the outcome of each scenario, and based on all the data, determine which option is the best for that particular situation. However at the end of the day and there is an impasse in the decision making of the team, the leader must take a stand even with incomplete information and amid diverse views.

5) Align

Total consensus is rare in a business setting or come to think of it even in a family setting. When driving a Strategic Plan, a leader must solicit open dialogue, build trust and engage key stakeholders, especially when views differ. The best Strategic Planners will link organizational goals with the employee’s personal goals. Alignment necessitates common understanding of purposes and goals of the organization and consistency between every objective and plan.

6) Learn

Strategic planners know that honest feedback is not always easy to come by. It is proven that continual feed back from organizational resources is critical in order to understand and learn if business activities or behaviors align with the Strategic Plan. Success or failure often depends on what the business learns and how it adapts to the continuous feedback loop.

Thanks for reading. I hope you found the article interesting. I’d really welcome your feedback on this article or let me know if there is a new topic that you would like to discuss.

To Greater Success,
Chris Bartholomew
Founder & CEO
4X Inc