As we near the end of another challenging year, it’s a good time to develop your plan for the upcoming 12 months so that you hit the ground running in the new year.
However, as the old saying goes, “Plans are worthless, but planning is everything”.
It’s really the process that is important in annual strategic planning, not the end result. It’s the discussion of how we get there that is most important. Even in times of uncertainty, the annual planning session sets the strategic direction and priorities for the year ahead.
A well-run annual planning session is normally split over two days and helps teams align better around the strategic priorities for the next year.
In this video, I set out in detail a nine-part agenda for a solid and highly productive annual planning session.
Don’t wait until next year to start planning. If you wait to start your planning until the new year, then you’re already behind. Be sure to take this quality time as a team to evaluate your strategic plan.
Forward-thinking business leaders are doing more strategic planning—they commit to jumping into this process for the long haul because that’s how you will see growth to a point of breakthrough.