Better than a strategic plan?

chess_battle.jpgIn previous entries I’ve suggested that a much more ACTIONABLE alternative to long, drawn-out, boring strategic plans is to have a set of guiding principles that give members of the organization direction on how to make decisions. How to take ACTION, which is what strategic plans are supposed to accomplish in the first place. The problem is, about all that ever gets accomplished is that the plan gets written and then nothing happens. Zip. That’s the end of that. The plan goes in the desk drawer somewhere, never to be seen or heard from again, and it’s back to business as usual. Ugh. Don’t even get me started…

Because a good set of guiding principles helps empower everyone in the organization on what to DO to accomplish the purpose of the organization, they can become battle cries that help build culture that is incredible. Here’s a great article from Fast Company that boldly says that culture will eat strategy for lunch! Read on!

Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower