Updated: Jan 7, 2020
Creating a well thought-out, focused and thorough strategic plan is critical to the enduring success of any enterprise. A strategic plan provides the big picture framework for a company, against which it can then execute in confidence. The strategic plan should answer the big picture questions for the company concerning mega trends, market opportunity, unique core competences, business models and shareholder value creation.
I strongly favour a simplified strategic plan which addresses these questions first, to be complemented by a more detailed business plan focused on execution and action. The key element of a strategic plan is to answer the questions of why the company exists, where market value exists, and how it will create value for customers, shareholders and employees. These factors must be looked at from an external and different perspective, so the business leader does not complete a strategic plan to fit the existing business, rather transforms the business towards new and compelling opportunitie