Operations, Long-Term Planning, Strategy: What’s the Difference?

Regardless of your position in an organization, understanding the difference between strategy vs operations is crucial. When working with our clients, we’ve heard many managers and leaders refer to the “annual strategy meeting.”

However, upon closer inspection, we have noticed that more often than not, these “strategy” meetings aren’t truly strategic in nature. Instead, these are operationally focused, long-term planning meetings.

While operational efficiency and long-term planning are both extremely important aspects of a business’ continued success, if an organization hopes to be a true competitor in the rapidly changing world of business, the importance of strategically thinking about issues and addressing them head on simply can’t be overlooked.

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Chris Stowell

Christopher Stowell is currently serving as CMOE’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing where he works with multi-national organization to develop their people. His special interests lie in coaching teamwork, strategy, e-learning, and assessment design, and delivery. Chris has a special talent in helping companies assess their organizational effectiveness and identifying key issues and opportunities in order to advance their performance and achieve long term results. Additionally, he has extensive experience in designing, coordinating, and facilitating customized adventure based experiential training events for high performance teams.