Thursday, March 1, 2012

Effective Use of Strategic Planning

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Strategic planning is useful as it helps uncover problems associated with organizational management. Organizations that have strategic planning processes or long-range planning in place have the best chance of surviving longer and staying healthier as they have the tendency to understand huddles that evolve now and then. Having effective strategic planning is like having complete navigational aids to guide in rough, turbulent waters. According to Frances (1994), it is best for agencies to undertake strategic planning when experiencing economic prosperity, when closely working with the private sector, in early gubernatorial administrations, and when increase in strategic planning is visible among competing agencies. According to the Special Libraries Association (2001), having a strategic plan for a chapter or division entails the presence of mechanisms that are uncomplicated, on paper, comprehensible, based on prevailing conditions, and that it has to be well-planned. A strategic plan has to have a mission statement, an objective, goals, and an action plan.

A strategic plan is a long-term plan that is calculated to cover an extended period ranging from five to ten years. Failing to have a strategic plan for an organization means that it will never have one. Leaders that fail to institute a strategic plan have no need of knowing what is to be expected in the future and that any impending danger will strike without notice and have devastating effects. Preparing for a strategic planning requires posing questions and laying down a framework. Having dynamic technological innovations help lay down solid foundations that will act as barriers for organizations that looked to the future.


Berry, F. (1994). Innovation in public management: The adoption of strategic planning.
Public Administration Review; Jul/Aug 1994; 54, 4; ABI/INFORM Global, pg. 322

Special Libraries Association (2001).Strategic planning handbook. Retrieved from
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