What size should the strategic planning team be? Some COs think they have
to include all their department heads even when they number over 30 people.
It is true that a large team maximizes organizational input, but it is also
much more difficult to reach consensus on the issues. Groups this large
limit participation by the individual members and, therefore, encourage
offline discussion of the issues. They almost always require that subgroups
be formed to "work" the issues.
Smaller teams reach consensus much more easily because
the whole team can work the issues together. The disadvantages are that they
limit the amount of input and tend to be perceived by others as elitist. With proper deployment, however, these perceptions can be overcome.