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Strategic Planning

Make no little plans.  They have not the spirit to stir men's minds. - Daniel Burnham

Time and again, the Center's founders saw plans and projects collapse because of unrecognized misunderstandings about terms and practices.  So they created a set of 1-page tools (The GM's Toolkit) that use a common language (The GM's Index of Terms) so everyone can work together.  Beside solving the problem at hand, this builds a lasting culture of collaboration.

Our strategic planning facilitation incorporates four of the Center’s tools:  5-Year Look, Competitor Grid, Trends Outline and the Goal Tree.  It follows a process called Question-Based Planning, because it begins with "question discovery," a structured 2-hour session in which planners get all their questions on the table, and then prioritize them. 

can be completed in five 2-hour meetings over two months, with no retreats or big binders (here is the short book), and answers the three core questions of leadership:

  • Why are we doing this?

  • Where are we going?

  • How are we going to get there?

"I learned about Question-Based Planning as a director of our hospital, where it's been a repeat success; the one-page 'goal tree' really got my attention. At Culver's, it helped our management team get and stay clear on the key issues. The plan helped us make real progress in every discipline." - Phil Keiser, CEO, Culver Franchising System, Inc.

One CEO vented: I just want everyone headed in the same direction—I don’t really care which one! 

Without a solid plan, projects wander and time and resources get wasted. Plans should instead generate focus, improve collaboration and produce consistent results

The Goal Tree provides added benefits:

  • Shows direction and priorities at a glance

  • Shows everyone how they fit together

  • Traces everyone’s career path

  • Clarifies lines of delegation

  • Keeps directors focused

  • Makes accountability crystal clear

Click here for a 1-page summary of Question-Based Planning.  Contact us for more information.

Clarity.   Confidence.  Collaboration.


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