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Strategic Action Planning Now Setting and Meeting Your Goals

1st Edition

By Cate Gable

CRC Press

224 pages

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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

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Table of Contents

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

What if?


Beginning Concepts

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 Challenge

The Goal

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


Part Three

Implementation Tips


The Planning Document

The Communications Plan

The Implementation Team

The Information and Communications Möbius

The Last Word

Future Perfect

Evaluating Your Team's Planning Process

Exercise Fourteen: How Did We Do?

Future Perfect



List of Exercises

Sequential Overview of the CGSM™ Planning Process

Sample Planning Items


Selected Reading



Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Management Science