In today's business environment, strategic planning stresses the importance of making decisions that will ensure an organization's ability to successfully respond to changes in the environment and plan for sustainable viability. Providing practical, field-tested techniques and a complete 6-phase plan, Strategic Planning Kit For Dummies shows you how to make strategy a habit for all organizations, no matter the size, type, or resource constraints.
Strategic Planning Kit For Dummies is for companies of all types and sizes looking to build and sustain a competitive edge, set up an ongoing process for market assessment and trend analysis, and develop a vision for future growth. This revised edition includes: new and updated content on planning for both the short and the long-term; crucial information on succession planning; help preparing for the unexpected using scenario planning and agile strategy; strategies for implementing change and integrating strategic plans successfully by involving all staff members; and more.The supplementary CD lays out a comprehensive, 6-phase, step-by-step program, complete with downloadable spreadsheets, charts, checklists, video links, and more Provides value for any business or entrepreneur looking to improve efficiency, focus, and competitive edge Includes practical, field-tested techniques
Strategic Planning Kit For Dummies gives today's business owners and upper-level management the tools and information they need to think and act strategically in order to more effectively weather current economic storms while planning for future growth.
Two longtime managers draw upon their decades of combined experience in this guidebook to getting the job done during your first year as a manager. Whether you’ve just been promoted, been transferred, or started a new job, you’ll learn how to
• establish an organized work environment;
• create stability in the workplace;
• write a code of conduct for yourself and your employees; and
• organize effective meetings.
The authors also share case studies focusing on successful and unsuccessful managers. By applying lessons from real-life examples, you’ll be able to establish your authority, motivate underperforming employees, and appropriately reward superstars. When it comes time to hire and fire, you’ll also know what to do.
Use this book as a reference and refresher whenever you need to set performance goals, write a performance review, or hold employees members accountable. Stock your manager’s toolbox and prove that you’re the right person for the job with techniques, guidelines, and strategies to manage your team.
It covers a range of topics, including:
Understanding organisational culture
Performing SWOT and PEST analyses
Researching new markets
Corporate mission and values
Performance measurement and balanced scorecard
The combination of action-oriented checklists and handy pen-portrait profiles of key thinkers, including Charles Handy, Henry Mintzberg and Michael Porter, will help you master the crucial skills you need to further your career as a manager.
The author revisits fundamental concepts, as well as presents new ideas, activities, and processes associated with how to plan, implement and manage effective transformational change. The book highlights:
- The nature and process of transformational change and the paradigms basic to the change process
- The basic concepts and strategic leverages of change
- The need for and ways of aligning current tasks, systems, processes, and culture with organizational goals
- The support systems required for change and the need to develop and maintain these systems
- Ways of tuning organizations for change
- Managing change through people by optimizing individual and group efforts
Supported by numerous case studies and written in a lucid and reader-friendly style, this book will be a definitive guide for students, scholars, and practitioners.
The Harvard Business Essentials series is designed to provide comprehensive advice, personal coaching, background information, and guidance on the most relevant topics in business. Whether you are a new manager seeking to expand your skills or a seasoned professional looking to broaden your knowledge base, these solution-oriented books put reliable answers at your fingertips.