A Handful of Tips 89 – Strategic Planning
The five best tips to help upgrade an organisation
When you have a clear understanding of the situation and a good rapport with your staff, you will be ready to draft your strategic plan.
These steps apply to improving any type of organisation whether it is a small business, a school, a supermarket, a factory or a large international organisation.
1. Know where you want to go
What is your vision? What are your goals?
Where do you want your organisation to be, by when?
2. Find out what is going on around you
What does the organisation do best? What could be done better?
What opposition is there? What are the long term prospects? (See our source books for amplification and details)
3. Carry out a SWOT analysis
List your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.
Decide on your priorities. Concentrate on your strengths and look for new opportunities.
4. Prepare some SMART objectives
These must be realistic and able to be measured.
They should be like a journey.
You need a map (plan), resources (a budget), a destination and a schedule and you will need to know when you arrive. So make them SMART; Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and completed on Time.
5. List each task to be done to achieve your goals and objectives
Plan each task and a get commitment from your key people to achieve the results by a specific date.
“Today’s preparations determine tomorrow’s achievements.”
Source: “Revitalise Your Business”, Moss Associates Ltd, and “Business Secrets” published by Cengage Learning Asia. Also available as e-books from Amazon.com and VitalSource.