Überblick:In today's business environment strategic planning stresses the importance of making decisions that will ensure an organization's ability to successfully respond to changes in the environment and plan for sustainable viability.Strategic planning is a process in which organizational leaders determine their vision for the future as well as identify their goals and objectives for the organization. The process also includes establishing the sequence in which those goals should fall so that the organization is enabled to reach its stated vision.Strategic planning is an organizational management activity that is used to set priorities focus energy and resources strengthen operations ensure that employees and other stakeholders are working toward common goals establish agreement around intended outcomes/results and assess and adjust the organization's direction in response to a changing environment. It is a disciplined effort that produces fundamental decisions and actions that shape and guide what an organization is who it serves what it does and why it does it with a focus on the future. Effective strategic planning articulates not only where an organization is going and the actions needed to make progress but also how it will know if it is successful. Developing a strategic plan can seem like an overwhelming task but the best place to start is by defining the strategic planning process. The definition of a strategic planning process is quite simply the process of envisioning a future and translating this vision into defined goals objectives strategies and tactics. To survive in business organizations have to make tough decisions and create “battle plans” for success. It is hard to accomplish anything without a plan but if you don’t understand strategic planning clarifying the basics is a great way to start.Strategic Planning is Not…The biggest difference between the definition of strategic planning and the definition of long-term planning is that the strategic planning process begins with the end-goal and works backward. Rather than asking “What do we need to do at the higher level to get to our goal?” the strategic planner asks “What do we do at the lower level to reach our goal?” Strategic planning must always look at the bigger picture. Often long-term planning can be enveloped within a strategic plan.When studying the definition of strategic planning it is also important to make the distinction between a strategic plan and a business plan. A strategic plan should be more about the vision of the company than the quarterly figures. Oddly enough this distinction is not included in many organizations’ definition of strategic planning which can get confusing. The simplest of strategic plans includes a set of statements describing the purpose and values for the company along with a set of statements on howto achieve targets the organization has set. To ensure that real meaningful business results are achieved through your plan always make sure that you include measurable and quantifiable business objectives.Strategic Planning is Different from Business PlanningA definition of strategic planning must be based on understanding that a strategic plan differs from a Business Plan in three ways;•it looks much further ahead;•it consists largely of words with just a few figures to indicate the scale of the planners’ intentions. A Business Plan on the other hand consists largely of figures. Because these are often unreliable beyond a few months managers are reluctant to look ahead as far as they may need to. Strategic plans can look further ahead because so few figures are employed and also•what few figures they do contain are tested by risk analysis techniques.DOWNLOAD YOUR COPY NOW.MINDSET IS NOT ENOUGHYOU NEED STRATEGIC PLANNING.