Strategic Planning

Plan to get ahead

If you’re failing to plan, you might be planning to fail. Don’t make that mistake. Sudburys can help strengthen your business with creative and proactive strategic planning.

Our team has more than 30 years’ experience working with directors, boards and advisors of New Zealand companies and organisations of all shapes and sizes. Our experience across a wide range of industries means we’re well placed to help you strengthen your business by defining your direction, setting out priorities and laying out growth plans to yield measurable results.

Our top tips for strategic planning

Don't expect the Sales Manager to be behind your progressive sales budgets if you didn’t involve her in the forecasts or even more importantly exactly how you were going to increase sales volumes this year by 16%. Encourage ownership of your plan from the very people that will have to action it.

Don't write a book

If you expect people to follow your plan, let alone action it and achieve those lofty objectives, then keep it brief often explainable in a PowerPoint or bullet point form. No matter the seniority or experience of your team, no one wants to wade through soft vision statements and strategic waffle.

Involve key stakeholders

Don't expect the Sales Manager to be behind your progressive sales budgets if you didn’t involve her in the forecasts or exactly how you were planning to increase sales volumes this year by 16%. Encourage ownership of your plan from the very people that will have to action it.

Don't write a book

If you expect people to follow your plan, let alone action it and achieve it, then keep it brief. No matter the seniority or experience of your team, no one wants to wade through soft vision statements and strategic waffle.

Escape the rigid template

Templates are often a standard fixture of strategic planning. But the rigid use of templates can lead a team to be more focused on completing corporate requirements than on doing the hard thinking about how they plan to grow their business in their specific environment.

Ask challenging questions

Asking great questions will unearth better strategies that could have ground-breaking effects on the way you go to market. Ask questions like:

“Do we have a strategy for growth?”

“If you could draw a picture of your business in two years time, what would it look like?”

“What are the barriers to us achieving our goals?”

“What are the two or three things that we must do right now to implement our strategy?”

“What will happen if we don't pursue this strategy?”

If you’d like to plan to get ahead, contact our team and let’s get started.

Contact us for some proactive business advice today

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