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The Best Laid Strategic Plans
Nick Pollice, Sarah Kaplan, and Eric Beinhocker
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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.
" Rob was a very experienced instructor for detailed project management with hands-on knowledge for the PMP exam. "
Director of Interactive Solutions
St. Joseph Communications
" I liked the fact that we were a small group and were able to share experiences, ideas and examples from our specific companies. "
" Extremely valuable, the seminar exceeded my expectations. "
" I found the course interesting and progressive in its approach to explaining a fairly dry topic. "
" Gives me ideas/strategies to apply to real life, not just text book (school). "
Panago Pizza Inc.
" Most importantly, the course gave an overview of the role project management has within an organization. It provided ideas of how to breakdown a project into bite-sized steps. "
" I felt confident before the course and now I feel even much better while knowing the recipe and the rationale of the win-win negotiation parties. "
" It was a small group, which made it more of a coaching and mentoring environment, enabling the participants to readily apply the new techniques and concepts to their own environments. "
" I like how open the course was - open discussion and not following hundreds of pages in a binder. "