The Process of Developing & Implementing a Strategic Plan

More organizations are beginning to understand that in order to achieve long-term, sustained success they need to develop strategic goals, key priorities, and a plan of action. In the past, having a robust strategic road map was less critical, but because the business landscape has changed dramatically and continues to change at an even faster pace, strategy development and implementation is on the rise for all types of organizations, including non-profit, government agencies, and for-profit enterprises. However, most organizations that have developed a strategic plan for their organizations fail to follow through and successfully 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 end up fully implementing the strategy. If they were to receive a grade on their strategy implementation efforts, 58 percent would be an F in any learning institution.

Strategy Enablers

With so many organizations receiving a failing grade or struggling to implement strategic initiatives, what does it take to get traction behind this type of effort? The answer lies in a group of key enablers. Below are six of these enablers that will drive greater levels of success around the implementation of any strategic agenda, project, or initiative.

  1. An abundance of collaboration and cohesiveness within the senior leadership team.
  2. Good communication and dissemination of information across the organization. This is about creating a line of sight and helping people understand how they fit into the strategy picture and why they matter.
  3. A sufficient level of original and creative thinking that allows leaders to reimagine the future.
  4. A tailored strategy process to meet the unique needs of the enterprise.
  5. Creating a culture of ownership around strategic priorities, projects, or initiatives. This is about helping others understand that strategy is everyone’s job.
  6. Methods or structure around accountability, tracking, measurement, and progress reporting.

Strategy view

Strategic Implementation for Functional Areas, Departments, or Lines of Business

CMOE believes that leaders who manage critical pieces of the firm’s value chain of activities play an important part in strategy implementation. They fulfill 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 and capacity 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 of action for their part of the business.

Strategy Implementation for Individuals and Teams

Every leader and member of an organization has a part to play in the strategy implementation process and works to ensure that it is implemented effectively across the enterprise. In order to get the most mileage out of strategy planning, every team and individual contributor must begin to think of themselves as a business within the enterprise, complete with deliverables, internal 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 and make a difference. Not only does this interactive workshop address large-scale strategic planning initiatives, it also drills deeper and addresses strategic planning all the way to the individual level.

Solutions for Strategy Implementation

CMOE’s Strategic Leadership Workshop and the Applied Strategic Thinking Workshop are designed to be highly engaging, 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 practical and professional experience and qualifications
  • A pre-workshop reading or case study about strategy
  • A comprehensive participant workbook and supporting resource materials
  • 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 the Strategic Leadership or the Applied Strategic Thinking® Model and the Applied Strategic Thinking Assessment™, as well as the skills and behaviors necessary to effectively apply it
  • 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 exciting strategy simulation designed to teach each participant how to develop strategic goals and how to implement them across the organization

Along the way, the facilitator will interact extensively with the group and pull-out key strategy insights in order to expedite the learning process. At CMOE, we have become extremely adept at helping adults think and work more strategically.

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

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“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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Delivery Options

In order to meet the specific needs of each client we partner with and make the most of the learning and development investment, CMOE offers programs in the following formats and lengths:

Instructor-led training (delivered onsite by a CMOE subject matter expert/facilitator)
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