In 2019, we had a client approach us for a combination of executive coaching and strategic planning in support of the organization navigating an impending organizational change. After some discussion, we settled on doing the coaching first in preparation for the planning. This approach supported the team and helped them get ready for the change and participate more fully in the planning process. The result: plans that are practical, implementable, while still being strategic and using the team’s creativity to find innovative solutions to manage their changing environment.
The strategy of doing some intensive coaching with executive teams prior to doing strategic planning made the team more aware of their own needs and the needs of the team and their staff. The coaching supported their leadership capacity to manage all the dilemmas that come with change at every level of their organization. It was an insightful and circumstantial offering for a client organization facing an immerging system change. And I thought, aren’t we all facing this kind of change in our current environments? Let’s offer this kind of focused support and planning component for more of our clients.
However you choose to do it. Setting a clear vision, setting a clear strategic direction that takes your internal and external environment into consideration and backing into annual goals – the part of your vision you have the capacity to move forward now, then breaking that down in to 90 day goals that make your annual goals inevitable for you and your team to move forward is critical to everyone’s success in 2020. This is not the year to wing it. It is the time to be strategic and really assess what is happening on a regular basis so that you are ready to deal with the challenges and opportunities that are coming your way.
At MKM Management Consulting, we offer both annual planning one-day retreats and strategic planning program in a 4-day retreat format. If you need the support of an outside facilitator, please feel free to visit our website and then contact me to discuss your situation.