Questions and Answers
What preliminary work can be done to speed things up in the planning process?
The Simplified Strategic Planning process requires little in the way of preparation prior to the first planning meeting. This is by design, recognizing that pre-meeting assignments are often a barrier to getting started. That being said, there are some things that can be done in advance. A short survey of the management team regarding the company's key strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, can get people thinking "strategically" and facilitate moving through those portions of your meeting more efficiently. Also, coming to the first meeting with product, market and customer sales information can help facilitate your discussion of appropriate market segmentation. Preparing a short list of the company's key strategic issues can help stimulate discussion when you come to that item in the planning agenda.
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