Why Doesn’t Strategic Planning Work?
Traditional strategic planning happens once a year or once every few years. A smart, dedicated team spends a few months analyzing their business, discussing key strategies and setting goals for the organization. Then, the beautiful document they’ve created sits on a shelf and gathers dust. Why is that?
Because 3-5 months after the plan is created, the world has changed, and the plan is out of date. Leaders stop holding each other accountable for the plan - as they should.
So does that mean strategic planning is a waste of time?
No. In fact having a set of strategies and plans that provide focus, clarity and alignment within the organization is more important than ever.
Strategic thinking and long-term planning are important processes in any organization, but things aren’t accomplished in five years or three years or even a year. Things get accomplished in 90-day sprints. Things get accomplished when a sense of urgency and a high level of accountability are combined with a strong, passionate team.