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Time for a new strategic plan?

Before you launch your strategic planning process, read this book:  Peter Drucker’s Five Most Important Questions: Enduring Wisdom for Today’s Leaders. A  previous and shorter version, The Five Most Important Questions You Will Ever Ask About Your Organization by Peter F. Drucker (with Jim Collins et al), is also available. Then share the questions with your leadership team. Whether you’ve decided to guide the process yourself or bring in consultants, consider answering these questions as a first step. They are deceptively simple questions leading to great organizational performance.


I also recommend  Simon Sinek’s Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action as prereading for strategic planning. If you intend to engage your team in the planning process, you might want to use Sinek’s Find Your Why: A Practical Guide for Discovering Purpose as a workbook. 


And read Jim Collin’s monographs: Good to Great and the Social Sectors and Turning the Flywheel: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great. Both monographs are easy to read in one sitting, and both give your Collin’s further insights into his Good to Great findings.


And if you want to start out with the basics of strategic thinking (I recommend that you do), get a copy of this recently published book by Michael D. Watkins, The Six Disciplines of Strategic Thinking. New York: Harper Business, 2024


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