Strategy Development and Operational Planning
Business managers and entrepreneurs often lose sight of long range goals as they become preoccupied with the press of business and all its immediate issues. That is why a strategic plan is a vital part of any successful organization. It is not a guarantee of success but rather becomes the necessary framework and foundation for the operational plan – work that must be done to achieve critical business results necessary for the organizations ultimate success.
A strategic plan, unlike your operational plan, is visionary in nature. It is aspirational, directional, and longer term. Your operational plan is likely to be shorter term, tactical, focused, implementable, and measurable. Both are necessary. Effectively operationalizing your strategy is the key to achieving your business goals, but often where planning falls short. Properly linked, these two business tools will energize and enable your organization to “think strategically and act operationally.”
At CreativQuest Consulting, we offer a comprehensive toolkit of approaches to help you and your organization address growth, competitive issues in the marketplace, and other strategic and tactical concerns.
Our team starts by helping you develop a detailed and accurate view of where the organization is now. This serves as the foundation for developing a plan to redirect and/or transform the business. We help evaluate strategic options from a diverse range of relevant perspectives, both internally and externally.
We then help you set a direction, plot a course and deliver solutions that create profitable returns and high value rewards for your business.
By applying our expertise to your strategic planning and operational process, our team can help you define challenges and generate practical solutions.
How we work:
Typically, over the course of 3-4 days, we will complete the strategic plan and operational plan. We recommend separating the two activities to ensure focus and clarity, as the two objectives and outcomes, while linked, are fundamentally different.
As a part of our process, we will:
- Discuss products and services
- Assess the market(s)
- Perform a SWOT analysis
- Review factors influencing the business (political, economic, social, technological, etc.)
What we can do for you:
- Help identify and develop sound business strategies
- Validate, focus and target existing strategies
- Develop an operational plan and create an execution framework
- Align goals with specific measures
- Design a performance management system to help drive business results
- Develop a communications strategy for your plan
We will work with you and your team to customize an approach to deliver a high quality plan that will help you achieve real business goals.
“The plan is nothing, planning is everything.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower
Contact us today for a free consultation.