Yes, there is still time to get your strategic planning done for next year. If you want to be ready in time, however, you may have to speed things up dramatically to complete the plan. Speeding things up does not mean, however, you should ignore the importance of pushing your organization’s strategic thinking in new directions.
Here are some of the typical questions about accelerating a strategic planning process with links to answers, strategic planning exercises for groups, and lists of strategic thinking questions.
What should we include in our strategic planning?
- Do we even need a strategic plan?
- How many strategic plans do we need?
- What questions should we consider before strategic planning?
- How can we avoid doing a plan that does not help the organization move forward?
- What determines what is strategic for our organization?
Focusing and Speeding Up Your Strategic Planning
- What strategic thinking questions identify “what matters” for our brand?
- Do we really need to work on our vision / mission statement?
- How can we get more comfortable with a plan that might not be perfect?
- Would an online collaboration help us get our planning done more quickly?
- What can we do so strategic planning isn’t boring?
Strategic Planning Exercises for Groups
- How can we do a quick recap of the year through a group strategic planning exercise?
- What are new ways to ask traditional strategic planning questions to get people engaged?
- How can we challenge what we’re doing in a constructive way?
Strategic Thinking Questions for Next Year
Most years, we provide a new list of strategic thinking questions for group strategic planning exercises. Even though we introduced them previously, the questions are still highly relevant. Here are several lists to use:
- 15 Areas to Explore for 2015
- 15 Innovative Strategic Planning Questions (2014)
- 15 Innovative Strategic Planning Questions to Get Ready (2013)
- 20 Innovative Strategic Planning Questions to Prepare (2012)
Rolling Out the Plan
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