Strategic Planning


Frustrated with long planning meetings that seem to do nothing more than eat up your time? This guide explores the value of solid strategic planning, and offers suggestions for how to implement them. Learn the difference between strategic planning and strategic thinking, and how to get your employees on the same page.

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Studies, Surveys, Guides and Visuals

Infographic: Strategic Thinking And Business Strategy

Strategy SkillsIn an attempt to piece together a fuller picture of strategic thinking, I’ve created the following infographic. It’s designed to highlight key research findings and examples related to strategic...

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Seven Strategy Questions: A Simple Approach for Better Execution

HBR Working KnowledgeBusiness leaders can't develop and execute effective strategy without first gathering the right information...

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Planning For Your Next CEO

ForbesIt's high time for boards to get succession planning right.

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Strategic Planning is Dead - Long Live Strategy Execution

Fast CompanyIt is still critical to establish and communicate the strategic direction for the firm. And it is even more critical to align all the elements of the living corporate body to perform in ways that...

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How to Improve Strategic Planning

McKinsey QuarterlyIt can be a frustrating exercise, but there are ways to increase its value.

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Going from Global Trends to Corporate Strategy

McKinsey QuarterlyWill your business catch them before they catch it?

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How To Do Strategic Supply-Chain Planning

MITSloanCombining scenario planning with supply-chain planning achieves the best of both worlds, which leads to long-term competitive advantage.

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The Real Value of Strategic Planning

MITSloanThe goal of a strategic planning process should not be to make strategy but to build prepared minds that are capable of making sound strategic decisions.

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The Fall and Rise of Strategic Planning

HBRThe most successful strategies are visions, not plans...

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Flaws in Strategic Decision Making: McKinsey Global Survey Results

Irrational thinking doesn’t just affect individual economic decisions; it affects corporate strategic planning as well. These results highlight the practices of companies that have made successful...

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Strategic Activism and Nonmarket Strategy

When firms become the target of activists...

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Capital One Financial Corp.: Setting and Shaping Strategy

A case study on Capital One looking back at the companies strategy...

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