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Strategic Planning Services

Achieving Organizational Excellence begins by developing a strong strategy

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 simply looks at where the organization is now, where it wants to go, and captures how it will get there. It is not about problem-solving – it is about problem framing, and not every plan is a strategic plan.

We help you develop the right plan using our strategic planning services

STRATEGIC PLAN

Tool that provides guidance in fulfilling a mission with maximum efficiency and impact. If it is to be effective and useful, it should articulate specific 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.

OPERATING PLAN

A coordinated set of tasks for carrying out the critical goals delineated in a strategic plan. Accordingly, it goes into greater detail than the strategic plan from which it is derived, spelling out time frames and the roles of individual staff and board members, for example. It also has a shorter horizon than a strategic plan — usually one fiscal year.

We offer customized solutions that are tailored to your organization

At HigherEchelon, we believe that 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.

PHASE ONE: DEFINING YOUR VISION

The vision should not only paint the picture of where you want your organization to go, 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.

PHASE TWO: DEFINING WHERE YOU ARE NOW

Here, we assess where we are as it relates to the vision 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.

PHASE THREE: IDENTIFYING CRITICAL GOALS

In phase three 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.

PHASE FOUR: BUILDING AND IMPLEMENTATION

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.

Contact HigherEchelon

If you would like to learn more about our operational and strategic planning services contact HigherEchelon at (866) 469-9945. We offer several management training services that can help your company set goals and implement them successfully.