Is your organization operating every day without an intentional, thoughtful plan for the future?
A lot of organizations are. Because the truth is, strategic planning is hard. Here at Atromitos, we're trying to change that one day, one organization at a time. And, we're really good at it.
Atromitos' strategic planning work begins with a close look at where you are today and where you want to go one, three, five, or more years down the road. We look at the challenges you face daily, as well as the challenges that are on the horizon: the challenges preventing you from moving confidently toward your vision, mission, and future. We look at your capacity for growth - from staffing to infrastructure - and work with you on a road map that will move your organization forward, fearlessly.
what is strategic planning, anyway?
Strategic planning is just that: strategically planning for the future through setting of priorities, strengthening of operations, focusing of energy and resources, and ensuring the entire team - from leadership and staff to external stakeholders - are working toward common goals. That means ensuring that everyone is on board and in agreement on where an organization is headed, specific outcomes, and benchmarks to measure progress.
Above all else, the strategic planning process is disciplined and focused, with all involved working toward concrete decisions and actions that guide an organization to more effectively realize its vision, mission, and the answer to the question: "Why do we exist?"
When done well, strategic planning answers the fundamental question of where are we going and clearly articulates what success looks like.
WHAT IS A STRATEGIC PLAN?
A strategic plan is a real, living document that communicates goals, actions, and benchmarks. In other words, it's a road map to an organization's future.
WHAT IS STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT?
The strategic planning process never ends. It evolves. Strategic management is what allows that to happen; it is the continuous planning, monitoring, analysis and assessment of all that is necessary for an organization to meet its goals and objectives.
WHAT ARE THE STEPS IN STRATEGIC PLANNING & MANAGEMENT?
There's no one way to complete a strategic planning exercise; every consultant, every firm takes a slightly different approach. But there are specific steps and actions that must be completed to ensure the success of any strategic planning process:
Assessment of where an organization is today and where it wants to go in the future, including an understanding of current infrastructure and challenges to realizing the ultimate goals. Ask yourself: what do we have going for us that is going to help us find success in the future, and what is standing in our way?
Formulation of a strategy to get from point A to point B; in other words, how can we take the things that are working for us and against us today and refocus energy and resources to operate more effectively?
Execution of the formulated strategy in the form of tactics and action items that guide daily progress and the path toward realizing strategic goals.
Evaluation, where tactics and action items are measured against defined benchmarks and a careful look is taken at an organization's performance. This is half-time in the game where sometimes it's necessary to readjust and refocus.
There are a lot of strategic planning frameworks. How do you know if it's a good one?
Atromitos works closely with your team to understand your organization's desired outcomes to develop a strategic planning framework that works for your team, your culture, and your future.