New business strategic planning is the process by which an organization’s leaders define and implement the plan needed to achieve the firm’s fundamental purpose — successfully solving problems and preventing them in the future. The output is a set of high level objectives [we identify them as “critical improvement areas” per 36ixty] and initiatives/specific actions to achieve these objectives.
In other words, turn strategy into action. And since most strategic plans sit on a shelf, gathering dust, we propose starting out with a ONE PAGE STRATEGIC PLAN – yes, one page. State the purpose, identify the anticipated profit, set the priorities, measure the performance and track the progress. Insure that firm members all understand what is happening, anticipate how their roles are critical to success, and build it into your firm’s/company’s culture.