That work cannot be done, to any degree of acceptable quality in 8 Hours.
My experience in teaching Strategic Planning over a 20 year period on a university level and for being in senior leadership positions in many organizations for a much longer period of time than that, has demonstrated to me that most organizations and especially small organizations, do not spend anywhere close to 8 Hours of time strategically planning the organization’s future. In fact, many spend practically no time at all.
Strategic Planning can be an arduous and very time consuming effort, and in some situations and in some companies, it should be. But, my declaration is that, in small companies, Strategic Planning does not have to be that, and in reality, should not be that.
There are only a certain number of basis questions that must be addressed in an organization and after those; continued planning becomes just more detailed planning surrounding those basic questions. I have a listing of basic questions I use as a leaping off point in my Strategic Planning process, and then refine from there.
Truly, the initial Strategic Planning for a small company can be accomplished in 8 Hours and in its second year of use, less than 8 Hours is required. I have demonstrated this time and again.
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