Give 'Equal' Commitment to All Stakeholders in Strategic Planning Process

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Give 'Equal' Commitment to All Stakeholders in Strategic Planning Process
Francis, Manager, Thailand

In all steps of the strategic planning process, the stakeholders' commitments not only need to be high, but also be given equal "weight".
Many planning processes start with a shifted focus, due to the presence of one particular strong (dominant) member. This frequently results in eventual activation of plan B, C...
And we end up generating more alternatives in our planning, complicating things unnecessary.

The Initial Focus of the Strategic Planning Process
Augustine Manyau, Student (MBA), Zimbabwe
I agree with Francis that many a time the planning processes tend to be heavily biased towards individuals who have a lot of influence in the organisation.
Most of the strategic plans that have been created in this way will only benefit that individual stakeholder, but fail to benefit the organisation as a whole.
I am sure most strategic planners know how to plan, but they should set out plans that put the organisation in a strategic advantage first and only then consider individual interests.

Role of Stakeholders in Strategic Planning
Josephat Olwal Ngesah, Other, Kenya
Perhaps it is advisable to start with stakeholder mapping and identify the power and interest of all the stakeholders. This way the dominance will clearly come out, allowing for a more informed strategic approach on how to deal with the dominant member.
Remember: the organization may not be able to achieve the desired strategic advantage before first dealing with the "elephant in house".



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