Filling the need for a "how-to," step-by-step guide to strategic planning, Strategic Action Planning NOW! outlines team-based planning in four steps. Gate Gable's techniques provide detailed guidance into planning processes, strategic skills, recognition of challenges, consideration of goals, monitoring and measurement, and implementation tips to help the reader begin the planning process almost immediately.
Written in three parts, the author provides exercises with each chapter. Part one covers the pre-planning stages, defining who and what your team is and what your teams' goals are. The second part goes over the actual planning, identifying the challenges and setting the goals for your team. The third and final part deals with post planning, implementation and evaluating your team's progress.
"As anyone who has attempted to facilitate strategic planning processes knows, the hard part is that every situation is unique and the unfolding of events produces a great deal of "messiness". In Strategic Action Planning NOW!, Gable strikes a workable balance between the need for a simple, basic structure for planning steps and the equally pressing need to be responsive to emergent complexity." -Susan L. Harris, Ph.D., Leadership and Organization Development Consultant
List of Figures
Is This Book for You?
Review of Book
Part One: Pre-planning Preparation
My Team, My Self
What is Your Planning Process
What is Your Team?
Who is Your Team?
Who Are You and What is Your Role?
What is Your Team Culture?
Exercise One: Creating Agreement
So Why Plan? Why Worry?
Where Do You Fit in Your Company's Planning Process?
What is Strategy?
What Are the Qualities of an Effective Strategy?
What is Action?
NOW! A Brief Interpretation of Time
Exercise Two: Influences From the Past
Becoming a Strategist
Frozen Strategy vs. Fluid Insight
Information Harvesting: Trend-spotting Without the 'Popcorn'
Exercise Three: Influences From the Future
What's on Your Reading List?
CHI: Clarity, Honesty, Integrity
Exercise Four: Nurturing Your CHI
The Courage to Create
Strategic Action Planning-Four Steps
Our Planning Methodology
The Strategic Action
Monitoring and Measurement
Summary: The Process
Part Two: The Planning Process
Seeing the Challenge
What's Wrong With This Picture?
Identifying Challenges: An Overview
Task One: Capturing Challenges
Exercise Five: What Needs Fixing?
Sample Planning Items: Brainstorming Challenges
Task Two: Alignment
Exercise Six: Alignment with Management
Sorting the Challenge
Connection and Dissection
Task Three: Discussion and Analysis
Task Four: Grouping by Clusters
Exercise Seven: Clustering the Challenges
Sample Planning Items: Challenge Clusters
Task Five: Prioritization and Selection of Key Challenges
Exercise Eight: Prioritize and Finalize Challenges
Sample Planning Items: Final Challenges
Setting the Goal
What Makes a Good Goal?
Exercise Nine: Transforming Challenges into Goals
Sample Discussion for the Goal Formulation Step and Sample Planning Items: Challenges and Goals
Devising the Strategic Action
Exercise Ten: Influences Reprise
Devising Strategic Action
Exercise Eleven: International Insight
Exercise Twelve: On Target Action
Final Check Mop-up
Sample Planning Items: Goals and Strategic Actions
Monitoring and Measurement
Monitoring: What and Why
Monitoring as a Communications Tool
Monitoring as Standards for Performance
Monitoring as Guidance for Decision-making
Monitoring as Strategic Action Feedback
How Do You Measure Success?
Exercise Thirteen: How Do Measure Success?
Sample Planning Items: Adding Monitoring Tools
The Planning Document
The Communications Plan
The Implementation Team
The Information and Communications Möbius
The Last Word
Evaluating Your Team's Planning Process
Exercise Fourteen: How Did We Do?
List of Exercises
Sequential Overview of the CGSM™ Planning Process
Sample Planning Items