Often times, leaders don’t realize their full potential as it relates to their ability to create a thoughtful strategic plan. The lion’s share of this assumption derives from the negative connotation that surrounds the planning process. Just the thought of taking time out of our busy workdays to compile our goals and projects for the upcoming year is daunting enough. It seems that it’s easier and safer to hire an expensive consultant or facilitator to help with strategy development. Of course, there are certain initiatives that require the expertise of a third party advisor, but we shouldn’t be too quick to throw money at problems we don’t feel like solving. I’m here to let you know that the planning process doesn’t have to be laborious.

At your next management meeting or strategic planning retreat, look around the room. My bet is there is enough knowledge around the table to build an effective strategic plan. Start big. What does good look like for us as a company? What do we want to be when we grow up? Questions like these promote discussions and engage team members to think of broad aspirations and the big picture.
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Once we’re able to identify our broad strategic initiatives, it’s time to operationalize our strategy. We’re essentially asking “what needs to get measured or get done to achieve those broad aspirations?” Using this template, we can easily identify various planning components and build them directly into our strategy.

The final piece is assigning the plan items out to team members and giving due dates. Accountability and execution are both strategic imperatives. When we have one, single accountable team member and a firm due date, things tend to get done.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: Wouldn’t it be great if we had a tool to help with this process? I’m glad you asked! Achieveit’s technology effectively helps organizations create, report and execute their various strategic planning initiatives. So use the intelligence you already have on your team to build your plan, and use Achieveit to monitor the performance of your plan and understand its value.

If you’d like to learn more about using the Achieveit platform to track your plan, feel free to drop us a line below…

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Preston Lyons
Preston Lyons
Preston runs Sales and New Business for AchieveIt. Preston is a world-class napper; a skill he developed as an undergrad at Georgia Tech. He’s also an avid history buff and loves reading anything related to WWII.