Strategic Planning is about Elimination

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Manosh R Sengupta
Management Consultant, India

Strategic Planning is about Elimination

Strategy is about knowing what to sacrifice. It is through a process of elimination that we arrive at the right path. Often, we confuse tactics for strategy.
Strategy, very briefly, requires the following:
1. We should focus on how to deliver the stated goals / objectives
2. We should work at 2 levels - market & mind / heart
3. We should have cross-functional alignment. It is not uncommon for teams to develop plans in isolation... A surefire recipe for disaster
4. We should have time lines and measurability
5. We should - most importantly base it on fundamentals: how to create greater value in the stakeholders' life.
In all of the above, what's important is to know what to give up.

  Abhishek Vidyarthi, India

Strategy is About Having Clarity

Strategy does not necessarily means sacrifice, strategy is about having clarity.
For sure it can't be confused with tactics, which usually is fire fighting, and usually brings normalcy back, but is never the strategic intent.
It's about exploring other avenues, and I agree increasing stakeholders value.

  Vijay Jassal
Entrepreneur, India

Strategy and Planning

The term "strategic planning" has two parts, "strategy" and "plannng". Planning is a broader term which can be applied...

  Manosh R Sengupta
Management Consultant, India

Strategy, Clarity and Elimination

@Abhishek - thanks for your feedback. I agree about clarity, which in my experience is achieved through the process of k...

  Abhishek Vidyarthi, India

Not Doing the Wrong Things is Not Enough

Thanks for your inputs, as per experince in this matter, I think asking the right question is the only way to get the an...

  Mellacheruvu Adi Saasthry
Director, India

Strategic Planning is About Elimination

Manosh, I have a slightly different perception, It is more of considering and answering every question pertaining to th...


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