Developing a Strategic Plan

Developing a Strategic Plan

Modern organizations are beginning to understand the need to develop strategic goals and objectives. This was not as important thirty years ago, but because things have changed a lot—even in the past decade—strategy planning is on the rise. However, many organizations that have a strategic plan for their organizations fail to implement it. According to a recent study conducted by PRWeb, 58 percent of CEOs and Senior Executives surveyed said that their strategy implementation efforts extended through to the end of the strategy only about half of the time. So, of those senior executives making a concerted effort at business strategy planning, only a little over half of them fully implement the strategy about half of the time. If they were to receive a grade on their strategy implementation efforts from any learning institution, 50 percent would be an F.

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CMOE and Strategic Implementation

CMOE believes that leaders who manage pieces of the firm’s value chain play an important part in strategy implementation. They fulfil this role by creating strategy for their team that is aligned with broader organizational strategies. Our Strategic Leadership Workshop is designed to help leaders develop their strategic leadership capabilities through an engaging and fast-paced learning experience. The basis of this workshop is application—application of strategic thinking principles, application of a strategic thinking culture, and application of a strategic plan.

Individually-Based Strategy Implementation

Every leader and member of an organization has a part to play in order to get a strategic plan implemented effectively. In order to get the most mileage out of strategy planning, individual contributors must begin to think of themselves as a department within a department, complete with deliverables, customers, etc.—just on a smaller scale. How is this done? Our Applied Strategic Thinking® Workshop equips leaders and individual contributors with these essential skills so they can identify their own strategic contribution concept and discover how they can participate in strategic implementation. Not only does this workshop address large-scale strategic planning initiatives, it also drills deeper and addresses strategic planning at the individual level.

Applied Strategic Thinking, Close Up

CMOE’s Strategic Leadership Workshop and the Applied Strategic Thinking Workshop are designed to be fun, skill-building programs that improve strategic competencies at all levels of the organization. Here is some of what participants can expect when they attend CMOE’s workshops:

  • A very experienced facilitator with academic and professional qualifications
  • A pre-workshop article or case study about strategy
  • A comprehensive participant workbook
  • A hardbound copy of Ahead of the Curve: A Guide to Applied Strategic Thinking or Strategy Is Everyone’s Job by Steven J. Stowell, Ph.D. and Stephanie S. Mead, MBA
  • Introduction to and application of the Strategic Leadership Model or the Applied Strategic Thinking® Model and the Applied Strategic Thinking Assessment™
  • Application of The Strategic Leadership or Applied Strategic Thinking Road Map™ with the help of a customized case study
  • As if that wasn’t enough, about half of the time will be used to walk the group through an experiential exercise designed to teach each participant more about strategic planning and implementation

Along the way, the facilitator will debrief the group and pull out key learning points in order to speed the learning process along. At CMOE, we have become extremely adept at teaching adults how to think and work more strategically.

Learn more about our Strategic Leadership Workshop and/or Applied Strategic Thinking® Workshop.

“Initiatives bring clarity and focus to your strategy and begin the process for making your strategy actionable.”

~ Strategy is Everyone’s Job: A Guide to Strategic Leadership

“Nearly every team will experience a bumpy start when balancing heavy workloads with new strategic projects.”

~ Stephanie S. Mead, MBA

“Using the strategy as a litmus test for the team’s daily activities and decision-making practices will provide a multitude of benefits and increase your consistency as you implement the strategy.”

~ Steven J. Stowell, Ph.D.

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