The goal of the strategic planning process is not a document. The goal is to increase the organization's ability to leverage resources and
manage change in order to shape its destiny and achieve desired future results. In a sense, the process is the product.
The Transformation Consulting Group consulting approach is an interpersonal one, designed to enable clients to exploit the collective
wisdom of the organization to meet present and future challenges. That process builds on itself in a logical, systematic fashion, producing
insight and foresight, and the shared understanding and commitment necessary to implement meaningful change.
There is no "one size fits all" approach. The challenge is to design a methodology that mobilizes the business leaders for effective analysis,
problem solving and decision-making. The process must be tailored to the organization's unique circumstances: its history, culture, values
and its people. It must also adequately address the external issues and challenges the organization faces from a future, as well as present
perspective. Planning is not an event; it is an ongoing, iterative and dynamic process.
Strategic Planning is a Process, Not an Event
Creating and Managing Change
Because the act of creating the future involves change, the process cannot end with a plan. Leaders must concern themselves with the
development of those organizational competencies that will enable the company to accomplish its mission and achieve its vision. They must
prioritize and manage resources to achieve long-term strategic objectives, while effectively managing ongoing business operations.
Since the environment is dynamic, the plan must also be dynamic. This means that implementation priorities should be regularly
reconsidered and re-calibrated to accommodate shifts in external circumstances and organizational awareness. Ideally, plan development
and plan implementation become integrated elements in an on-going, seamless process.
The Transformation Consulting Group approach is collaborative. Our objective is to leverage organizational insight and expertise through a
systematic process of mutual exploration, in order to accomplish pre-defined objectives. We are compensated not for making
recommendations and writing reports, but for facilitating the process of organizational learning and change. The following principles are
essential aspects of that process:
|Learning and discovery|
|Involvement, collaboration, teamwork|
|Common ground, shared sense of purpose|
|Shared responsibility and accountability|
|Focus on possibilities, rather than problems|
Planning Process Success Factors
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Strategic Planning Process
From Strategic Planning to Strategic Agility
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