Strategic Planning – five Features of the Universal Framework

The Universal Framework

I just lately returned from a well attended two-working day strategy meeting in Los Angeles hosted by ASP, the Affiliation of Strategic Planners. I appreciated numerous of the shows from the strategy professionals there, which includes some from noteworthy corporations like Bain and Accenture.

As I believe by way of what I read and figured out, it clarified for me that there is in fact a very simple, universal framework that generates compounding optimistic success — if we fork out interest to it.

These are the 5 things of the “Universal Framework”:

  1. Aims. Long and short phrase (3 to five yr, once-a-year, month to month, weekly, and even day by day), strategic and operational, corporate, departmental, person. Start with the conclude in head, as Steven Covey advises us. A goal is a image of your destination, the place you intend to be, so that you have something to purpose for. Peter Drucker stated: “The only way to predict the long run is to generate it.” I would add to that: “The only way to generate the long run is to see it to start with.”
  2. Ideas. If our goal is to get to Memphis by following Wednesday, then we want a route mapped out. Without it we’ll just be driving all over. Ideas are the street maps that direct us to the targets (locations) we established. Do we acquire the time to prepare? Most of us know that it pays to prepare, but it really is effortless to be so chaotic that we in no way fairly get to it. Here I’m reminded of the expression: “Failing to prepare is preparing to fail.”
  3. Regular Processes. Let us start with the premise that for numerous business enterprise activities there are superior (and worse) ways of executing things. Regular processes make it much easier and more affordable to make far more constant and dependable success. Michael Gerber, writer of the E Fantasy, calls this orchestration. A good orchestra doesn’t let the violins chime in every time they want. And nor really should we. We want to be creating audio, not sounds. But that doesn’t imply we don’t innovate. Soon after we discover and test a new way of executing things and it proves to be superior, then it really is Alright to make it the new regular.
  4. Actions. Are we executing what we prepared to do? Are we getting the outcomes we envisioned? Actions track inputs and outputs and explain to us how we’re executing and why things are on or off track. Without this information at all concentrations, from strategic to tactical, we’re basically adrift. Actions are a requisite for reality-dependent administration, which generates good conclusions. They also normally conserve assembly time that could otherwise be employed to argue more than thoughts and anecdotal information. Actions can be granular or bigger amount KPIs (Vital Effectiveness Indicators). And yes, we want accessibility to a lot of info for periodic diagnostic drill-downs. Unquestionably! But on a working day-to-working day foundation we’re superior off with a far more confined established of measures that emphasize the information needed to retain our finger on the pulse.
  5. Persons. Persons are our finest asset and our finest obstacle. I believe it boils down to this: use appropriate, connect to the video game prepare (strategy), advise , incorporate, create, obstacle, and acknowledge. Most importantly, let individuals use their brains. (‘No just one of us is smarter than all of us.’) This indicates enabling individuals the flexibility to make selections in just the context of a video game prepare and an organizational framework. Analysis, which includes SUMMIT’s 2007 Business Effectiveness Review [http://www.summit-general] suggests that most employees who know the prepare, how they match in, how things are going, are questioned their view, are specified comments and growth alternatives, and have some handle more than their jobs, are pleased and engaged. A company with largely pleased and engaged employees will outperform an not happy, disengaged competitor each time. Currently this is a good tactic. Before long, as the pace of business enterprise carries on to speed up, it will be the only way.

I believe that covers it. Pretty considerably each business enterprise e book I read and each administration follow I come across looks to handle just one or far more of the 5 things highlighted above. I know this is not totally new. But I hope that by viewing these common things as a framework it will help you aim far more clearly on what requires to be completed.

In reality, you could possibly want to conduct a speedy scan of your business enterprise whilst you’re pondering about it. (I did, and I can explain to you I have some work to do!) Do you have good targets, strategies, techniques, measures, and individuals? How would you rating them for your business enterprise on a one to 10 scale? How would many others in your company rating them? If you identify that your company is missing in just one or far more areas and you are enthusiastic to acquire motion, just recall that we don’t have to do every little thing at the moment — it really is a way of existence, not an event.

I’m confident that by regularly addressing just about every element of this universal framework, more than the prolonged phrase we’ll appreciate escalating revenues, nutritious earnings, powerful personnel morale, and the greatest concentrations of client satisfaction. That really should make it really worth executing. Oh, and of study course we’ll have a lot far more exciting jogging the business enterprise. And which is in all probability the very best part.

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