Think and act strategically every time In today's business environment, strategic planning stresses the importance of making decisions that will ensure an organization's ability to successfully respond to changes in the environment and plan for sustainable viability. Providing practical, field-tested techniques and a complete 6-phase plan, Strategic Planning Kit For Dummies shows you how to make strategy a habit for all organizations, no matter the size, type, or resource constraints. Strategic Planning Kit For Dummies is for companies of all types and sizes looking to build and sustain a competitive edge, set up an ongoing process for market assessment and trend analysis, and develop a vision for future growth. This revised edition includes: new and updated content on planning for both the short and the long-term; crucial information on succession planning; help preparing for the unexpected using scenario planning and agile strategy; strategies for implementing change and integrating strategic plans successfully by involving all staff members; and more. The supplementary CD lays out a comprehensive, 6-phase, step-by-step program, complete with downloadable spreadsheets, charts, checklists, video links, and more Provides value for any business or entrepreneur looking to improve efficiency, focus, and competitive edge Includes practical, field-tested techniques Strategic Planning Kit For Dummies gives today's business owners and upper-level management the tools and information they need to think and act strategically in order to more effectively weather current economic storms while planning for future growth.
Introduction 1 Part I: Kicking Off Your Strategic Planning Process 7 Chapter 1: What Is Strategic Planning Really? 9 Chapter 2: Why Strategic Planning Works 23 Chapter 3: Getting Set Up for Successful Planning 35 Part II: Determining Your Core DNA and Envisioned Future 53 Chapter 4: Identifying Your Strategic Issues 55 Chapter 5: Focusing on What You Do Best 75 Chapter 6: Developing Your Mission, Values, and Vision 91 Part III: Sizing Up Your Current Situation 111 Chapter 7: Assessing Your Business and Its Capabilities 113 Chapter 8: Seeing Your Business through Your Customers' Eyes 131 Chapter 9: Researching the Market to Find New Customers 147 Chapter 10: Identifying Your Opportunities and Threats 169 Part IV: Mapping Your Organization's Path to the Future 191 Chapter 11: Strategizing for Growth and Sustainability 193 Chapter 12: Establishing Your Strategic Objectives, Goals, and Actions 211 Chapter 13: Putting Your Plan into Action 237 Part V: Living and Breathing Your Plan 261 Chapter 14: Execute, Execute, Execute: Putting Your Plan to Work 263 Chapter 15: Scenario Planning: Answering the What Ifs 283 Chapter 16: Value-Creating Strategies for Entrepreneurial Organizations 295 Chapter 17: Sustainability for the Social Sectors 305 Part VI: The Part of Tens 319 Chapter 18: Ten Tips to Keep Your Strategic Plan from Hitting the Shelf 321 Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Ruin Your Strategy Meetings and How to Avoid Them 325 Chapter 20: Ten Ways to Maintain Momentum in Your Planning Process (And Life) 331 Appendix: About the CD 335 Index 343
Erica Olsen is cofounder and COO of M3 Planning, Inc., a firm dedicated to developing and executing strategy. M3 provides consulting and facilitation services, as well as hosts products and tools such as MyStrategicPlan for leaders with big ideas who want to empower and focus their teams to achieve them.
The fast and easy way to think and act strategically Are you a business owner or management professional looking to weather current economic storms while planning for future growth? Providing practical, field-tested techniques and a complete 6-phase plan, Strategic Planning Kit For Dummies shows you how to make strategy a habit for all organizations, no matter the size, type, or resource constraints. Strategic Planning 101 — get plain-English explanations of the who, how, why, and when of strategic planning The nuts and bolts — discover your core DNA, identify your strategic issues, find your competitive advantage, and develop your mission, vision, and values Collect your data — gather information that's critical for your strategic decision making, assess your business and its capabilities, and see your company through your customers' eyes Pave a clear path — plan for the future, determine how to grow and be sustainable, and identify and evaluate opportunities Open the book and find: Why strategic planning works The elements of a strategic management process How to establish clear goals and measure your progress Ways to execute your plan Tips to find new customers How to plan for what-ifs Strategies for growth and sustainability Interactive tools and templates available on the bonus CD-ROM for individual and group exercises designed to help guide you through each step of the strategic planning process. Please see the CD appendix for details and complete system requirements. Learn to: Be agile in a continually shifting environment while planning for long-term sustainability Make strategy a habit for all organizations Improve efficiency, focus, and execution Worksheets and templates on the bonus CD-ROM
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