Questions and Answers
We have been using the Simplified Strategic Planning process for several years. Are there special things to do to keep the process fresh after this amount of time?
The most important thing to do is make sure that Simplified Strategic Planning has become a normal part of your management culture. This means that managers feel that the planning activity is simply part of their regular routine as opposed to a separate activity that is conducted annually and needs annual "justification". If you can achieve this cultural shift, the "freshness" of this particular activity becomes less of an issue, since it will be treated more like the annual budget or performance reviews. Each year you should also make sure you are applying adequate scrutiny to the underlying facts and assumptions in your plan. Do not let the passage of time lull you into accepting these previously identified facts and assumptions without question. Challenge them based upon current environmental conditions. This will most certainly raise new issues - in itself a mechanism for holding the team's interest. Finally, some companies will bring in an outside process leader/facilitator after a few years to provide the team with new stimulus and a different perspective on their plan.
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