What I love about a well-done strategic planning process is that it accomplishes collaboration and cooperation throughout your organization. Having everyone participate in the process naturally creates enthusiastic buy-in and support all the way from the top tier of the organization to the frontline.
The Strategic Alignment Model shows what’s possible with respect to involving more and more people in the process as it unfolds.
It is a natural, cascading effect—similar to water flowing down terraces in a mountain stream.
In the beginning, the top leaders of the organization define and agree upon the core purpose of the enterprise.
- Then, middle-management becomes actively engaged with the top leaders in creating the relevant values, mission, vision, goals and strategies, with further input and constructive review from other frontline leaders.
- Next, the top leaders and middle-management engage frontline leaders in establishing the tactics and beginning the action plans.
- Then, the frontline leaders engage their staff such that every employee is empowered to give detailed input to complete the action plans.
- And finally, departments and their individual workers establish personal goals and tasks which can now be tailored to accomplish some element of the overall strategic plan as part of each participant’s Individual Development Plan (IDP).
Much success and fulfillment for the New Year.