It depends. If an Executive Steering Committee (ESC)
already exists, it may serve as well as the strategic planning team.
If there is no ESC, the people selected to
participate in strategic planning will probably want to continue some sort
of ongoing effort. They may self-select as the ESC.
The decision about who is asked to participate
should be thoughtfully considered. It probably should not be "all the
department heads" or "all the colonels," for example.
The team should number between five and nine members. For a complete discussion of this
question, refer to the section entitled "
the Leadership Team: Advice to 'the Boss