What the senior leader does next depends upon whether
the organization is just beginning the strategic planning process or is
updating an existing plan. Below is a checklist of things to do.
Leader and facilitator meet and negotiate:
Strategic planning methodology
Leader selects planning team
Facilitator conducts interviews
Facilitator compiles interview data
Facilitator prepares executive
Facilitator briefs leader
Arrange for supplies and equipment
Prepare read-ahead material
Distribute read-ahead and interview
Once the leader has decided to do strategic
planning, too often wheels are set into motion without a clear understanding
of how much "up front" work needs to be done.