So, ladies and gentlemen, I give you planning… a rational deployment of simple logic and common-sense that sets out how one or more objectives will be reached.
Right?Well no, actually. Wrong.
Apparently, corporate planning has to be a lot more challenging than that. It’s got to be a tortuous, tough, man-hours consuming nightmare with output measured in double-figure iterations of elaborate documents that no-one ever refers to because they’re over-written, full of jargon and exhausting long sentences just like the one you’ve just read.
In other words, it’s got to be a waste of time.
Let me suggest some strategic planning guidelines for you
- don’t feel it has to be a democratic process that involves everyone. It doesn’t.
- do feel that it should be driven by the marketing department (and not the finance department, please) – because marketing and strategic planning should be one and the same
- don’t feel comfortable with a 100 page document that’s destined for dust gathering on a nice appointed shelf in your office
- do feel comfortable with a simple plan that analyses your marketplace and the development of your offering within it
- don’t keep it to yourself
- do share it with everyone (yes, that’s what that conference is for).
I could go on… but I don’t need to. And neither do you at the next planning round.
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