Easy Tips For STRATEGY Success
Updated: Jul 21, 2019
When developing a strategic plan, many companies go offsite once a year for a “retreat.” But is there a better way? Next time you tackle your strategic plan, consider this advice. #strategicplanning #executivecoaching
Retreating is an inherently defensive and reactionary move — it implies the leaders of the company are leaving the field with their tails between their legs. Employees may ask themselves: Why are they hiding? Is it time to wave the white flag? Will we be able to keep our personal firearms and horses?
Retreating implies passive reflection and regrouping, whereas a strategic planning session should involve decisive action. Consider an alternative label for your strategic planning event. Depending on the focus and circumstances, it can be called a company renovation or renewal meeting or a planning rally. No matter which term you choose, your employees and co-participants will have vastly improved mindsets about the process.
Location, location, locationWhen holding a strategic planning event, choose a comfortable, neutral setting and establish an atmosphere of safe and open communication.
In TAB, we refer to this as a TABenos, which is based on the Greek concept of temenos, or an area that’s set aside from everyday use. It should be a sort of sanctuary dedicated to accomplishing the work of deep reflection and planning — so, not a busy conference room, or even the boss’ house. #tabboards
Along with creating a productive physical space, set expectations by establishing an “Up Front Contract” for the event that includes clearly defined outcomes and goals. You could also consider using a trained and experienced facilitator to lead the meeting.
A facilitator can:
Manage meeting time so it is used efficiently.Make sure everyone feels heard. Help people find common ground, come to agreements and make decisions. Help the team surface individual and collective undercurrents, manage conflicts and come to some resolution.
Make sure that the next actions are clear and that all understand what is to happen in the future. #strategicfacilitator
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