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How important is Strategic Planning to an organization?

Strategic planning is not just a necessity. It’s the cornerstone of sustainable success for any organization. Go beyond sticky notes on flip charts and build a comprehensive strategic plan from the ground up.

The strategic planning process is essential for setting a clear direction, optimizing resource allocation, adapting to a changing marketplace, and ensuring the long term success and sustainability of the organization. It is a forward looking approach to achieving organizational goals such as employee retention. To guide this process, you need a person in charge of directing the group. This is the role of a facilitator or coach.

Dr. Troy's Compass Strategic Planning Process is a proven four step formula: Discover, Assess, Tether, and Accelerate.

Dr. Troy Hall specializes in facilitating, guiding, and directing senior leadership teams and boards of directors through a proven strategic planning process. The goal is to produce a completed, comprehensive business plan that serves as a roadmap to success.

Use a facilitator or coach, like Dr. Troy, for your strategic planning process and receive numerous advantages for your organization. A facilitator can significantly enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of your strategic planning process. Dr. Troy brings objectivity, expertise, and a structured approach to the table, helping your organization develop clear, actionable strategic plans that can drive success. PLUS, Dr. Troy knows how to help you involve multiple levels of employee participation throughout the organization. 

Get everyone involved in the process. When people are involved, they own it and are better equipped to work toward the future direction of the organization.

Dr. Troy’s approach incorporates a range of powerful tools and methodologies designed to bring clarity and effectiveness to the strategic planning process. These tools include a Political, Economic, Social and Technology (P.E.S.T.) Analysis, Scenario Planning and Mapping worksheets, Balanced Scorecard Basics, Porter's Three Generic Marketing Strategies, along with a comprehensive Project Portfolio Tracking System. Learn more about each below:

What type of analysis is good for strategic planning?

Strategic Planning Process and facilitation

P.E.S.T. Analysis

Dr. Troy recommends including the process that starts with a thorough Political, Economic, Social, and Technology (P.E.S.T.) Analysis. This in-depth assessment helps organizations gain a clear understanding of the external factors that impact their industry, allowing for informed decision-making. Companies can see the big picture overview that forces of change are bringing, and then take advantage of any opportunities this change presents.

There are easy to follow steps for leader instruction to gain feedback and perspective from staff in all areas of the organization. Dr. Troy has found that obtaining the perspective of those employees with “boots on the ground” is valuable and important to employees. When an employee has a sense of inclusion, they take ownership of the overall plan which in turn leads to higher employee retention and engagement.

As Benjamin Franklin has been quoted to say, “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”

By gaining insights into the political, economic, social, and technological aspects of their environment, organizational leaders can make more informed choices and better position themselves for success in an ever-changing world.

Scenario Planning and Mapping Worksheets

To navigate an ever-changing business environment, scenario planning and mapping worksheets are invaluable. They enable organizations to anticipate potential futures, identify risks, and proactively adapt their strategies. This critical step involves taking two likely trends and determining what the scenario would resemble based on how they connected.

Balanced Scorecard

The balanced scorecard is a proven framework that ensures all aspects of an organization's performance are considered. It provides a balanced view of financial, customer service, internal processes (efficiencies), and culture (learning and growth perspectives), helping organizations align their strategies with their vision and mission .Today’s complex business environment requires leaders to be able to balance performance parameters of multiple areas at one glance.

Porter's Three Generic Marketing Strategies

Porter's framework helps organizations define their competitive advantage by choosing one of three generic strategies: cost leadership, differentiation, or focus. Selecting the right strategy requires an understanding of how the organization interacts in a broad or narrow market. This strategic choice guides decision-making and resource allocation.

Comprehensive Project Portfolio Tracking System

To ensure the successful execution of the strategic plan, a comprehensive project portfolio tracking system is implemented. This provides a system designed for efficient monitoring of projects and initiatives, ensuring resource demands do not exceed capacity and that projects remain aligned with the strategic goals.

What engagement activities deliver results in strategic planning?

Engagement Activities That Deliver Results

Dr. Troy offers strategic planning engagements to include, but are not limited to:

  • Written Strategic Planning Process Plan: A clear roadmap is provided outlining the steps and timelines for the entire strategic planning process, ensuring everyone is on the same page from the start. Leaders customize the document by selecting the level of complexity of the plan, specific actionable items, and timeframes for completing milestones based on the uniqueness of the business.
  • Pre-planning and Progress Coaching Calls and Workshops: Dr. Troy’s coaching calls for this engagement may include, at leaders’ discretion, how to integrate the process within the culture of the organization. Collaborative sessions help finalize deliverables, clarify objectives, and ensure that all stakeholders are prepared for the planning process. 
  • On-site Facilitation: Dr. Troy personally leads on-site facilitation sessions with the Board of Directors and key leadership. These sessions are designed to establish the congruence of goals, encourage consensus on the next steps, and foster a shared commitment to the strategic plan.

Don't leave your organization's future to chance. Engage with Dr. Troy to facilitate your next planning session or leverage his proven strategic planning process. Together, you will unlock your organization's full potential, create a Cohesion Culture™, and set a course for sustained success.

Dr. Troy helps executive leaders inspire a cohesive spirit within their organizations by aligning individual achievement with organizational success. Through purposeful engagements, Dr. Troy helps advance conversations, identify actionable items, and produce revenue-driven outcomes in the areas of culture and leadership, strategy, and change. Get started today, there’s no obligation to learn more.

Contact Dr. Troy today to discuss how his strategic planning expertise can empower your organization to thrive in today's complex business landscape.

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