Strategic plan derailments

6 reasons your strategic plan isn’t working

Whether it’s thinking too big, too fuzzily, or too rigidly, strategic plans can fail for a variety of reasons – here are 6 to be wary of.

What could derail your strategy?

Your strategic plan should be the core of your organization’s operations, with all priorities, compensation and even culture aligned closely to it. Your top leaders likely spent hours dissecting, analyzing and debating how it should be developed and implemented. Yet, for too many organizations, the strategic plan becomes a paperweight or a never-referenced notebook on the shelf. Why? These six factors are common ways a strategic plan can be undermined.

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If you would like to learn more about how to jumpstart your strategic planning process, contact Daniel White below.

Daniel White

Vice President
Org. Development & Family Business Services

Daniel White assists organizations with their organizational development needs, including strategic and operational planning, leadership development, succession and exit planning, and family business advising. He has worked with a wide range of industries, including construction, healthcare, manufacturing, banking, not-for-profits, and government organizations. He has also worked internationally as an organizational development consultant, serving organizations in Bolivia, Guatemala and Ghana. Prior to advising organizations, he worked in not-for-profit leadership and operations, directing projects with clients such as the US Department of State and the United Nations Population Fund.

Daniel serves as associate director of the Kansas Family Business Forum, hosted by Wichita State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship. He holds a certificate in Family Business Advising from The Family Firm Institute. Daniel also earned his Certified Exit Planner designation from BEI. This designation demonstrates he is qualified to provide comprehensive, professionally executed exit planning services. He has been published in Fast Company and several academic journals, and he has presented at a number of national conferences.

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