Strategic Planning

Strategy starts within and is internal and very particular to each organization and business.

When a business knows where it wants to go, what are the strategies and tactics that will take them there, and what are the things that need to be improved in order to successfully grow the business, be more effective, and increase profits, the chances for success are higher than when a business is running with no vision and plan in mind.

Some of the main areas of concern and struggle for most of the executives and leaders I work with in terms of strategy are:
Lack of Strategy ~ In many cases businesses are operating on chaos mode and with no clear vision and direction and understanding of the competitive advantages that will help them be more successful.
Lack of Alignment ~ This often happens and when individuals in the organization and the executive team don’t seem to be on the same page in terms of strategy and company direction.
Lack of Accountability and Implementation ~ More often than not, businesses go through strategic planning processes and end up with ambitious and great plans that never get executed  or implemented.

As a certified business, executive and leadership coach, I can help executive teams and business owners create a strategy that has a higher chance of getting implemented, where there’s alignment and a common language around the business goals and future direction of the organization.

The strategic planning process varies from company to company and depending on the individual needs of the team and organization. Most of the times, strategic planning work can be done either as one or a combination of:
- One-on-one work with a single executive or business owner.
- One-on-one work with a team of executives or business partners.
- Strategic planning retreat, where a group of executives meets over an established period of time to focus only on this process.

Regardless of the setting the process follows 3 very important elements that are carefully discussed:
Strategic Context.
Strategic Priorities.

What’s most important about this process is that the organization drives the strategy. The people involved, are equipped with the answers and the key data needed to create a successful strategy. As a coach I facilitate the process, collect the necessary data in a more structured way,  keep the conversation moving forward and help when the conversation is stuck, and provide the platform for everyone to effectively and efficiently participate in the process, making sure that everyone is on the same page and willing to take responsibility for the implementation of the resulting strategy.