No matter how well organized or effectively stated a strategic plan might be, it will not help your business or organization if it is not implemented correctly. Goals cannot be accomplished simply by stating them clearly. Strategy will only take your organization so far; tactics will help you make your strategy a reality. A simple explanation of the difference between the two is given here: “The difference between strategy and tactics: strategy is done above the shoulders, tactics are done below the shoulders.”Continue Reading
Strategic Planning Tips
When following your company’s strategic plan, it is vital to remember that, as well thought out as it might be, there will always be opportunities and reasons to adjust it. The need for change and adaptability is inherent in the style of management that is strategic planning. Perhaps the market changes or your company experiences significant staff turnover. Whatever the cause, you must be ready to adjust your strategic plan accordingly.Continue Reading
by Carol Williams
First, some questions:
- Who’s in charge, anyway? Is it you, or is it life?
- Are you a planner, or, are you a “go with the flow” kind of person? Why?
i) If you are a planner, what do you fear might happen without a plan? Why do things have to go “your” way? “So what” if they don’t?
ii) If you “go with the flow,” what scares you about making a plan? Is your plan too rigid? Do you fear disappointing others or perhaps not having enough room to be spontaneous?
The answer is … a little of both.
I know both kinds of people. I am definitely more in the Planner box. I love plans. I probably love plans more than is healthy for me. Why am I saying that? I’m saying that because over-planning can lead to over-scheduling. Over-scheduling can lead to stress and chaos, and ultimately, burnout. Burnout is not fun!Continue Reading