As 2010 draws to an end, what are you doing to capitalize on the things you did well this year? Perhaps even more importantly what are you going to do to ensure you don’t repeat the same mistakes? If you are a leader looking to continually make forward progress, now is a great time to examine your very own and your organization’s own Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. (also known as a SWOT analysis)
If you have ever been involved in one of the Contagious Companies’ Strategic Planning sessions, you’ve found this examination of these four elements to be an essential piece of not only where we begin, but what action item you choose to take going forward into the new month or year or chapter of your business.
If you have a group you wish to walk through a Strategic Planning session, here is an 11 step process to present the information, create buy in and improve retention of the data, as well as the action taken as a result.
In Strategic Planning one of the dangers is trying to take on too much. This way, you reduce the number of actions items that may not get accomplished and are able to spend time on those most important to the group and those that are likely to have the greatest positive impact once resolved, worked through, and accomplished. Congratulations! You will have achieved buy in, momentum, ownership, and likely forward progress!