Strategic Planning Support

Translating strategy into action

Strategic planning is the primary mechanism for executing a company’s strategy. It translates strategy formulation to the execution of decisions and actions across the organization every day – from the executives in the C-suite to the employees on the front line in the field.

Companies that create strong ties between their strategies, their plans, and, ultimately, their results experience a significant value multiplier effect. Yet strategic planning is where companies struggle and where results are less than encouraging.

For most companies, the typical strategic planning process is an annual over-bureaucratic exercise that fails to deliver on its promise. Most businesses derive less than 40% of the value of their strategies. More than 60% of the value evaporates in flawed execution.

We provide hands-on assistance to make strategic planning a valuable, dynamic instrument for our clients, conferring the ability to execute strategy.

The Results You Can Expect

  • Translation of strategy into action
  • Dynamic process when confronted with rapidly changing conditions
  • Pursuit of powerful strategic initiatives
  • Empowerment of employees across the organization

How We Help

We assist clients in translating strategy into action.

We provide key services to ensure effective planning.

Icon for Strategic Planning Drive

Strategic Planning Drive

We help drive strategic planning inclusive of the CEO and at least two levels of reports. Activities and deliverables include the following ...

Strategic Planning Drive

We help drive strategic planning inclusive of the CEO and at least two levels of reports. Activities and deliverables include the following:

  • Strategy review
  • Confrontation analysis
  • Development and prioritization of critical success factors
  • Identification of initiatives
  • Quantification of investments
  • Articulation of action plans, and
  • Assignment of business case development
  • Finalized comprehensive plan and time table

Subsequent phases of support may include the following

  • Business plan reviews
  • Validating investment decisions, and
  • Linking strategic plans to capital budgeting

This work accomplishes several objectives. First and foremost, it builds consensus. It brings together key constituents across geographies, functions, and diverse management layers for an open discussion on the key issues. It provides a guided approach for a unified direction moving forward. Finally, it locks in commitment by managers to a common plan with clear expectations of who is responsible for what, when, how, how much, and the results expected.

Icon for Strategic Planning Process Design

Strategic Planning Process Design

We help management design and pilot new processes, upgrade current processes, or update functional capabilities to ensure effective planning performance ...

Strategic Planning Process Design

We help clients design and pilot new processes, upgrade current processes, or update capabilities to their full potential. Improvements target a number of objectives, including the following:

  • Focus on critical value levers
  • Ensuring front-line customer input
  • Maintaining focus on the long-term strategy
  • Tight linkage to operating initiatives
  • Dynamic interaction between the firm and on-going events on the ground
  • Managing a rolling strategic agenda with continuous feedback, and
  • Tight linkage of strategic planning to capital budgeting

Important considerations in our approach include the following:

  • Geographical dispersion of the organization
  • Product-line width and market deployment
  • Level of centralization of divisions and departments
  • Height of hierarchical structure
  • Rate of market change in the competitive environment

Our support is particularly valuable for companies that operate in fast-changing environments where agility is not only a competitive advantage but a requirement to stay in business.