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The end of strategic planning?

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The Belgian professor and consultant, Nick van Heck, likes to say, in a purposefully provocative manner that “Disruptions do not exist. They are only an excuse for the unprepared”. For him, leaders need to challenge their assumptions about what strategy and planning are about and how they are structured. He continues: “Strategy should not be about guessing the future but preparing for whatever may be!” I support this way of thinking.


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The need to get all stakeholders involved with you institution/enterprise is essential for any strategic plan to affect organizational change.

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Strategic planning for complicated systems

Strategizing for complex systems

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Thank you Philippe. With you usual sharpness, I think you have summarized well the article and will save readers a lot of time ;) Looking fwd to connect someday...
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SCUP Book | A Practical Guide to Strategic Planning in Higher Education

by Karen E. Hinton

Undergoing a strategic planning process can be a monumental task, especially for higher education institutions that are attempting a more contemporary model for the first time. Dr. Hinton's guide shortens the learning curve and unites college leadership with its intuitive, step-by-step approach. It not only takes you through the planning process, but also provides guidance on how to ensure the plan’s long-term success.

- Kasey McKee, Vice President, College Advancement, St. Charles Community College (SCC) Foundation

 

Few higher education administrators have adequate training in strategic planning. The costs of engaging in a poor planning process can range from disillusioned faculty, staff, and students, to poor use of vital resources, to failed accreditation reviews that can cause an institution to lose funding and prestige.

 

This new SCUP guide provides a basic overview of strategic planning at the post-secondary level and defines the elements of a successful process. It is also useful as a checklist for more experienced campus leaders, providing colorful vignettes of circumstances in which ineffective strategic planning can create many problems. SCUP members will find it a quick and uncluttered read for all members of campus planning teams.


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Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)'s curator insight, December 20, 2012 1:25 PM

This book is free to SCUP members. It is available to nonmembers for only $10.

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Serious Games for Strategic Planning | Innovation Games

Serious Games for Strategic Planning | Innovation Games | Strategic Planning | Scoop.it

Strategy meetings don’t have to be death by PowerPoint, though. They can be engaging, profitable and energizing—especially, if the participants are actively involved. Our recent experience producing a two-day strategic planning meeting for Adobe Systems’ Globalization team is proof of that day-long meetings don’t have to be boring.


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Strategy or Execution: Which Is More Important?

Strategy or Execution: Which Is More Important? | Strategic Planning | Scoop.it

I once heard a business leader say, “Strategy is results.” He meant that strategy doesn’t matter as long as you are producing results. Many other business leaders feel the same way.

 

Often, this is because they associate strategy with analysis and execution with getting things done, and they attribute more value to doing than to analyzing.

 

From that perspective, a strategy is a lofty, self-evident statement such as “Our strategy is to maximize customer value” or “Our strategy is to become the market leader.” Such “strategies” don’t contribute much to producing results.

 

Possibly, they motivate the troops, although even that is highly debatable.

 

On its surface, this view that strategy is less important than execution is hard to refute. If that’s all strategy is, execution is clearly more important.

 

But any seasoned strategist knows that strategy is not just sloganeering. It is the series of choices you make on where to play and how to win to maximize long-term value. Execution is producing results in the context of those choices.

 

Therefore, you cannot have good execution without having good strategy.


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Vladimir Gostrer's curator insight, August 22, 2013 1:11 PM

Have to have both. Strategy - 50,000 ft. view. Execusion - feet on the ground. Unless you know where you're going you're going to go really really fast and perhaps even very effectively but nowhere. Know where and why you're doing something before you start doing it. 

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The Strategic Planning Process: How To Set Long-Term Goals

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Your ability to set long-term goals and constantly be thinking about the future of your business has a huge impact on the success of your enterprise.
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School Strategic Planning | Clickbank Top Products

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Strategic Planning For Schools Is A School Specific Toolkit Which Leads User Through The Complete Strategic Planning Process From Vision, To Identifying Issues, To Developing Strategics To Writing The Action Plan.
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Strategic Planning is Still A Good Idea!

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Send to Kindle“In the fast paced world we’re in today, strategic planning just isn’t a good idea.” I’ve been hearing more and more of those kinds of comments.

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ANDREW KIM: Strategic planning essential to improving educational offerings - Herald Zeitung

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Strategic planning should be the foundation on which we build everything. kAm%96 72:=FC6 E@ 5@ D@ 2=>@DE 2=H2JD C6DF=ED :?
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5 Steps To Put Your Strategic Plan Into Action

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Question: What’s worse than a bad strategic plan?
Answer: A good strategic plan that doesn’t go beyond paper.

 

One of the toughest things about strategic planning is bringing the action plan to fruition. Everyone on the planning team agreed to the strategy, but how will this translate to execution? Will the same dedication be showed? Does it involve the same team?

 

Putting a strategic plan into action doesn’t have to be intimidating.


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Narciso Arméstar Bruno's curator insight, November 10, 2013 4:12 PM

no solo es importante generar estrategias, sino lograr hacerlas realidad au traves de la accion.

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Is Strategic Planning Worth the Effort? - Credit Union Times

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Is Strategic Planning Worth the Effort?
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A strategic plan is only as good as what can be accomplished by the credit union.
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Mary Fox Luquette: Online courses beneficial, but not for all - The Daily Advertiser

Mary Fox Luquette: Online courses beneficial, but not for all - The Daily Advertiser | Strategic Planning | Scoop.it
Mary Fox Luquette: Online courses beneficial, but not for all
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The commercials make it look easy — learning at your own pace, taking the class at home, etc. But appearances can be deceiving.
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Managing Information To Support Strategic Planning | Information ...

Relevant and accurate information is an essential foundation stone of successful strategic planning. In this article we look at the need for leaders to implement and manage an effective process which gathers data and ...
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How to Use Project Management Tools to Integrate Strategic Planning Implementation and the Accreditation Cycle

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"Connecting Your Institution’s Achievements to Demonstrate a Culture of Compliance," by Susan Paraska, director of institutional effectiveness at Kennesaw State University, presents a method for integrating strategic plan implementation and the planning requirements of the accreditation cycle using project management tools.

 

This Planning for Higher Education article can be downloaded from this page only through Thursday, May 23, 2013. 


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Jan Lubin's curator insight, June 23, 2013 9:24 PM

This planning process should help anyone involved with the current accreditation process.

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The end of strategic planning?

The end of strategic planning? | Strategic Planning | Scoop.it

The Belgian professor and consultant, Nick van Heck, likes to say, in a purposefully provocative manner that “Disruptions do not exist. They are only an excuse for the unprepared”. For him, leaders need to challenge their assumptions about what strategy and planning are about and how they are structured. He continues: “Strategy should not be about guessing the future but preparing for whatever may be!” I support this way of thinking.


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Philippe Vallat's curator insight, July 13, 2013 2:18 AM

Strategic planning for complicated systems

Strategizing for complex systems

Check the difference in this great paper!

Didier Marlier's comment, July 13, 2013 5:21 AM
Thank you Philippe. With you usual sharpness, I think you have summarized well the article and will save readers a lot of time ;) Looking fwd to connect someday...
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Strategic Planning Charts - Editable in PowerPoint

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This 15 slide Strategic Planning Charts for PowerPoint features assorted planning maps and charts that can be used to create an effortless business presentation in minutes.

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Strategic Planning Process Model - Editable PPT Business Templates

Strategic Planning Process Model - Editable PPT Business Templates | Strategic Planning | Scoop.it
The Strategic Planning Process Model PowerPoint template is ideal for managers to create business presentations involving a basic framework of best practices in their organization.

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Shailja Kaushik's curator insight, January 8, 2013 11:42 PM

In today's highly competitive times, budget or forecast-oriented planning methods are no longer adequate to survive. What companies require are strategic planning that clearly defines business goals, critically assess both internal and external environment, monitor activities and evaluates progress to achieve those goals. The Strategic Planning Process Model is a perfect way to depict this. A cyclic process, it consists of six broad steps:

  • Determine Mission
  • Identify goals
  • Understand internal factors
  • Understand external factors
  • Perform SWOT analysis
  • Define Strategy

An excellent tool for senior management to formulate the strategic plans and communicate them down the organization for execution.


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3 Strategic Planning Pitfalls - Forbes

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I recently prepared to help a company develop its strategic plan, and I thought of the common pitfalls.
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Strategic Planning Benefits – 18 Ways Strategic Planning Helps ...

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strategic planning benefits an organization can realize. But not from the typical strategic planning - the kind with too many boring meetings, too few real.
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How to make strategic planning more meaningful - Peeler Associates

How to make strategic planning more meaningful - Peeler Associates | Strategic Planning | Scoop.it
With the same buzz-word laden goals surfacing each year, and certain “unmentionables” not discussed at all, the strategic planning process sometimes feels like a show rather than a meaningful springboard for the forward ...
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Five Strategic Planning Questions You Must Answer

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As a consultant, I encounter strategic plans that remain too broad.  It’s sad but true. They’re designed to appease everyone and leave room for interpretation.  From my perspective, there are two reasons for this.  It stems from fear or inability to have the tough conversations (and conflict) to get to clarity. Or it stems from the framework we often use in strategic planning which can force broader answers. To avoid being too broad, start by asking yourself the strategic planning questions below. On the surface these questions will seem simple and easy to answer, but when you start to address them, I suspect the answers will be more challenging than originally thought. 


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John Wade: Coach; consultant; mentor's curator insight, August 25, 2013 1:50 PM

This is very common, sadly - especially in the professional services markets where we operate a lot of the time.

 

Attempting to satisfy everyone in a partnership environment - where most firms begin, including those who have migrated to an ABS, LLP or Limited Company retaining their original partnership culture - ends up satisfying no-one. That means no progress, or as we have often seen the weakest or most risk averse effectively making the decision, and the business of being in business gets forgotten.

 

PSF governance is the biggest barrier to their progress. And internal conflict management - or more often avoidance - the biggest opportunity. Meaning internal political management is an essential characteristic of leaders...

John Wade: Coach; consultant; mentor's curator insight, August 25, 2013 1:51 PM

Read on - this could mean you!

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The Hannibal Central School District Strategic Plan | Oswego ...

According to District Superintendent Donna J. Fountain, the Hannibal Central School district is enthusiastically beginning a strategic planning process designed to create specific goals and strategies that will guide the district ...
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Why 70% of Strategic Planning Fails

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Strategic Planning failure can be attibuted to problems in leadership, lack of broad based participation, and execution.
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Scenario-based Strategic Planning | Publications | Media | Roland ...

Scenario-based Strategic Planning | Publications | Media | Roland ... | Strategic Planning | Scoop.it
Traditional methods of strategic management often fail in this context. Therefore, Roland Berger School of Strategy and Economics is presenting its new book entitled "Scenario-based strategic planning – Developing ...
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8 Questions to Ask Before Launching a Strategic Planning Process

8 Questions to Ask Before Launching a Strategic Planning Process | Strategic Planning | Scoop.it
If you are considering launching a strategic planning process, either for your organization overall or for a specific part of the business, you have obviously done some thinking about it to get to ...
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GIVE Leadership Institute ~ A Strategic Planning Model

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A Strategic Plan should answer the following: -Where are we going as an organization? -What is the environment? -How do we get there?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 13, 2013 4:40 PM

If the vision is shared per Senge's work on Learning Organization, the rest falls into place so much more easily with full buy in.

gustavo salazar's curator insight, November 20, 2013 6:51 AM

Modelo de planificación estratégica

Larry Glover's curator insight, May 19, 7:04 AM

Heading into a Strategic Planning Retreat with a client this coming weekend and so appreciated seeing this succinct description. 

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Why and When Peer Grading is Effective for Open and Online Learning

Why and When Peer Grading is Effective for Open and Online Learning | Strategic Planning | Scoop.it
Is peer grading an effective assessment method for open and online learning? What about in MOOCs where student feedback may be the only means of determining a pass or fail in a course? This posts e...

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At the root of the dissension over peer grading is the conflicting view on how people learn. One of Rees’ comments within the essay “Professors in the trenches tend to hold their monopoly on evaluating their students’ work dearly, since it helps them control the classroom better by reinforcing their power and expertise,” supports a cognitive and instructor-focused learning orientation. The concept of peer review, which leaves for the most part the instructor out of the equation, aligns with the social constructivist learning orientation. There is strong support in constructivist theories for the peer review which is grounded in student-centered learning where students learn as much from the review process itself as from the final grade on an assignment.

A paper on peer review published in 2007 described how the idea of peer review is embedded in the philosophies of learning theorists. The authors call out Vygotsky and his beliefs that learning occurs in, and is mediated by, social interaction. Authors do present the downsides of the peer review process, though at the conclusion of their research they determined that students involved in peer review perform better academically than peers graded only by their instructors (Lu & Bol, 2007).