DIY Strategic Planning
The traditional consulting approach involves lengthy and expensive data gathering efforts by large numbers of expensive consultants brought in from outside the business. They spend lots of time in meetings with key managers to collect data which is then needed to be compiled and analyzed to arrive at a diagnostic which acts as the base for strategic planning that addresses gaps and opportunities.
Instead my approach is to create the tools that enable DIY Strategic Planning. I aim to replace temporary outsiders by the people best suited to do an assessment – existing managers. These managers are provided assessment tools. They can then evaluate their own organization, identify strengths to use, as well as the gaps to be addressed and brought up to ‘best in class’ levels. Since this assessment is being done by people already well familiar with the organization, it can be done faster, more thoroughly and with greater credibility than by outside consultants.
The tool and the online course below provide starting points for implementing a DIY approach to strategy.