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Three Reasons You Need the One Page Strategic Plan

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Feb 20, 2012

As your business grows does it seem like it’s been harder and harder to keep everyone on the same page?  The larger you get does it feel like the vision and strategy you had that seemed so clear has become foggier to you and the people you lead?

The value of the One Page Strategic Plan can be compared to the value of a picture frame.  describe the imageA picture frame protects the picture from damage, supports it, allowing it to be displayeddescribe the image properly, and places a framework surrounding it that emphasizes the substance and beauty of the picture.

It’s been my experience working with growing mid-sized companies that for these and many other reasons your business needs a tool that can keep everyone aligned, speaking the same language regarding your business strategy and most importantly use this tool to continually evaluate your achievements toward reaching your priorities.

How do you achieve all this yet make it simple?

Here are three reasons the One Page Strategic Plan is a solid strategic planning device for your business to help you become and remain competitive:

  1. Provides a framework that identifies the key elements of your strategy and supports these.

  2. Provides a common language in which your strategy is expressed.  (Everyone is aware of the key elements of your strategy.  Example: There’s no confusion as to whether you have a mission statement or a core purpose.

  3. Provides a well-developed habit to use this framework and language so you continually evaluate your strategic progress.

Number three is critical to making the entire framework of the One Page Strategic Plan work.  It’s why Positioning Systems dedicates its coaching to the principal of Strategic Discipline (priorities, meeting rhythms and metrics).  The One Page Strategic Plan is 1% vision and 99% alignment.  Achieving that alignment requires this well-developed habit of meeting rhythms, choosing priorities and measuring performance in order to properly execute your vision.

Let’s look at why growth is such a challenging issue for most companies, and how as your business expands the communication problems accelerate beyond the scope most managers and leaders can quickly identify as a major obstacle to continuous growth.  That’s next blog.  

Topics: Strategic Discipline, One Page Strategic Plan, Alignment

 

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The Strategic Discipline Blog focuses on small to midsize business owners with a ravenous appetite to improve his or her leadership skills and business results.

Our 3 disciplines include:

- Priorities
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