What makes a plan effective?
The most effective strategic plans exhibit ten characteristics:
- They are based on input from a diverse group representing all locations, services, and levels within the organization
- Their development process is led by an unbiased facilitator skilled in the use of analytical tools such as force field, attribute, and root cause analysis, as well as conflict resolution
- They address service, market segment, and geographic opportunities
- They address both internal and external factors
- They contain a limited number of initiatives that can be fully supported by available human and financial resources
- They are very concise and leverage the Pareto Principle, where 80% of the benefit arises from the first 20% of the effort
- They Include communication and action plans to create alignment and support timely implementation
- They include a process for addressing change management, as one third of all employees struggle with accepting change
- They include metrics as a means for evaluating progress and guiding adjustments
- Like quality and health and safety, they are made a part of the organization's daily routine
Organizational alignment follows the mathematical principles of vector addition. Progress toward the goal is the sum of the magnitude and direction of the efforts of each individual associated with its implementation.
If personnel are not well aligned toward the goal, as shown in the top half of the diagram below, they may work hard but the result will not get your organization very close to the desired outcome. Alignment will never be perfect, but, as shown in the bottom half of the diagram below, even a modest improvement in alignment results in a substantial improvement in progress due to the additive effect.
Your plans will be concise, technically and economically sound, and implemented with a well-crafted approach for communication and alignment when you engage PMGI to facilitate your planning process.
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Why SWOT analysis is incomplete..
SWOT analysis, which involves the identification of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats, is by itself incapable of providing enough information to support sound decision making. For SWOT analysis to be used effectively, it must be implemented in combination with other analytical tools, such as force field, attribute, and root cause analysis. This supports the development of an accurate basis for mitigating issues and capitalizing on opportunities. Every strength, weakness, opportunity, and threat should have an accompanying strategy that addresses the underlying issues, not just the symptoms.
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