Strategic Planning

Four steps to achievement: Plan purposefully. Prepare prayerfully. Proceed positively. Pursue persistently.

Any successful venture, from a start up launching out of a garage in Silicon Valley through to a multinational company expanding across the globe all have one thing in common…a plan. What seperates those who make things happen from those who watch things happen is having a strategic plan and following it.

Strategic planning has received a bad rap. Anyone who has sat on a board, volunteered for a non-profit, or worked with a company stuck in the 80′s has suffered through a boring, dry strategic planning session. They are normally masked by having them offsite, sometimes in a nice hotel, but they are not only unrealistic in most cases, but a waste of time and resources. The problem: the traditional strategic planning model looks at the resources of the organization AFTER the plan is developed. This is backwards. You don’t know what you can build UNTIL you know what you are building with. The focus has always been  “what is possible”  and as soon as the excitement for the big picture dies down, the practically of the plan sinks any excitement that might have been in place. Too much emphasis was placed on what ‘had to be achieved’ and not enough on what resources were available to the organization and the ‘efficient use’ of those resources to maximize results to revenues and profitability.

Change starts with decision. We firmly believe that planning, based solely on a ‘big picture’ or ‘dream’ is both impractical and destined to fail. Wishing doesn’t play a role in planning. Our method takes into account long-term vision (3 years) for the organization, short-term goals (12 months), resources at hand, stakeholders involved, and we translate the vision and goals along with the resources and the people and create a tactical application of resources that has associated timelines, measurables, asigned taskes, and achieveable goals. Anything noteworthy has  been built with the consistent and incremental application of a measured and managed plan. History is filled with failed organizations who had a great looking plan on paper, but that wasn’t able to deploy it. We bridge that gap and deliver both.

Planning sessions are available in half day, full day, and two day schedules. Length of the planning session is dependent on the organization’s size, industry, and state of development. For more information or to get in touch with our planning team, please email us at: planning@flettventures.com