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The Best Laid Strategic Plans
Nick Pollice, Sarah Kaplan, and Eric Beinhocker
Read Nick's full bio here.
The goal of long - term planning is not to strategize but; to prepare key minds to make sound decisions.
Most companies invest a significant amount of time and effort in a formal annual strategic planning process but, many executives see little benefit from the investment. One manager told us, "our planning process is like a primitive tribal ritual; there is a lot of dancing, waving of feathers and beating of drums. No one is exactly sure why we do it but, there is an almost mystical hope that something good will come out of it." Another said, "it's like the old communist system. We pretend to make strategy and they pretend to follow it."
Management thinker Henry Mintzberg has gone so far as to label the phrase Strategic Planning an oxymoron. He notes that real strategy is made informally, in hallway conversations, in working groups and in quiet moments of reflection on long plane flights, even on the golf course but, rarely in the panelled conference rooms where formal planning meetings are held.
" I learned how to better apply my leadership skills and to improve my managerial skills "
" I liked how the theory tied in well with practical experience. I was able to take away many tools to implement at work. "
" I liked being able to apply the knowledge gained to real examples during the course. "
" I like how open the course was - open discussion and not following hundreds of pages in a binder. "
" The exercises were terrific. I am going to see if our teams are forming, storming, norming or performing. I am also going to look at the DiSC exercise we did to see if there are things I can do to perform more effectively with others. "
" I liked the focus on practical examples of the lessons taught, as well as opportunities to practice the tools in teams. This allowed us to better understand, and obviously practice what we were learning, on work based examples. Therefore we learned and got some preliminary work done. "
" Overall, an excellent seminar. I have recommended it to other dept coworkers already. "
" Rob was very knowledgeable about the subject. His knowledge allowed him to go into detail on many of the topics. "
" Excellent, very participative group, good techniques & learning. "
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" I enjoyed the hands-on case scenarios and the sharing of information with the other participants. "