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February 12, 2019

Do you dread the prospect of strategic planning because of the uncertain future? Would you like to know how to successfully deal with uncertainty? Please continue reading our blog.

Sincerely,
Robert W. Bradford

How to Successfully Deal with Uncertainty

Robert W. Bradford

Many executives face the prospect of strategic planning with a certain amount of dread. Some of this may be the result of poorly designed processes that make strategy meetings dull and useless, but some comes from the anxiety we feel when we consider an uncertain future.

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We have a number of major initiatives in addition to our Strategic Objectives. How do we integrate all of these?
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The Simplified Strategic Planning manual is very useful in organizing plan documents. Is there some other format we can use to show the linkage between our Strategies, Goals and Objectives?
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