Strategic Planning Warning Flag 2 – Near-Term Focus
Executives and managers maximize their organization’s value through transformative change brought about by the effective execution of a long-range plan. Some executives and managers, by setting long-term goals, the achievement of which is supported by a tactically flexible long-range plan, establish the conditions necessary for their organization to realize the significant benefits of transformative change. In other organizations, executives and managers concern themselves with small incremental improvements, eliminating the possibility of attaining the breakaway successes of truly great organizations.
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The following StrategyDriven recommended best practices are designed to reduce the likelihood of near-term planning while simultaneously fostering mission-based planning.
- Strategic Planning Best Practice 1 – Make the Mission Measurable
- Strategic Planning Best Practice 2 – Prioritize the Mission
- Strategic Planning Best Practice 3 – Strategic Discipline
- Strategic Planning Best Practice 6 – Focus on Strength
- Strategic Planning Best Practice 7 – Shared Accountability
- Strategic Planning Best Practice 8 – Results First, Action Second
- Strategic Planning Best Practice 10 – Future Focus
- Organizational Performance Measures Best Practice 1 – Vertically Cascading
- Organizational Performance Measures Best Practice 2 – Horizontally Shared
StrategyDriven contributors have created several illustrations to visually depict the mission to programs, budgets, and procedures alignment. The Strategic Alignment Model highlights the alignment that should exist between an organization’s mission and its programs, budgets, and procedures. The Strategic Organizational Alignment Model reveals the typical executive and managerial responsibilities associated with identifying, reaffirming, and translating the organization’s mission into goals and objectives and then into programs, processes, and procedures.
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