At HigherEchelon, we believe in playing to win. Our operational and strategic planning services help organizations achieve success by working with key leaders to align organizational behaviors with strategic goals. HigherEchelon helps optimize organizational performance by ensuring you are not only doing things right but doing the right things. Our strategic planning services are a conceptual style of planning that assesses where the organization is now, where it wants to go, and how it will get there. It is not about problem-solving – it is about problem-framing, and not every plan is a strategic plan. Contact us today to speak with a strategic planning consultant and to learn more about our planning process.
A tool that provides guidance in fulfilling an organization’s mission or achieving a goal with maximum efficiency and impact. If it is to be effective and useful, it should articulate specific business goals and describe the action steps and resources needed to accomplish them. As a rule, most strategic plans should be reviewed and revamped every three to five years. To learn more about strategic plan development and the strategic initiatives that we offer in our strategic planning consulting services, reach out to us.
A coordinated set of tasks for carrying out the critical goals delineated in the strategic plan. The plan goes into greater detail than the strategic plan, spelling out time frames and the roles of individual staff, executive team, and board members, for example. It also has a shorter horizon than a strategic plan — usually one fiscal year.
Success requires both strategic and operating plans. Strategic plans, in themselves, are not useful and often fail unless there is an operating plan to drive results short and mid-term. HigherEchelon’s practitioners incorporate both in a four-phased approach so clients have a long-term plan along with short term actionable projects that will drive results and achieve desired outcomes.
Phase one of the strategic planning process is to define your vision. The vision should not only paint the picture of where you want your organization to go as a business owner or member of the leadership team, but it should also give reference to a milestone or objective that can be measured against so the organization will know when they have arrived.
Here, we assess where we are as it relates to the vision and strategic direction we have just developed. There are several tools that can be used during this phase, one of the most common is a S.W.O.T. analysis: understanding the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that you face organizationally. The techniques for implementing S.W.O.T will vary organization to organization. In smaller organizations, S.W.O.T can be done for the entire organization and, for larger organizations, can be performed by individual departments before bringing the collective group together.
In phase three of the strategic planning process, we will examine the S.W.O.T. analysis and begin to identify problems to solve and opportunities to exploit. These obstacles and opportunities are the foundation for the critical goals that lead to realizing the organization’s vision.
HE practitioners will guide your organization through a planning workshop. During the planning workshop, we will help you build complete project plans that are aligned to specific critical goals. The result will be a comprehensive operational and strategic plan that aligns all programs and projects to ensure your organization fulfills its goals.
If you would like to learn more about our operational and strategic planning services and how they can improve organizational performance, contact HigherEchelon at (866) 469-9945. In addition to strategy development, we offer several management training services and other service offerings including organizational change management services that can help your company set business goals and implement them successfully, no matter your organizational structure.