'Tis the season for strategic planning. Organizations, public and private, for profit and nonprofit, feel the need to know where they are going in the next year. If they haven’t made a new strategic plan (or cannot find the one they made last year), there is the anxiety of traveling without a map.
In today’s world, some argue, the strategic plan is as unnecessary as the paper road map. With a GPS device in your car, you don’t need a map in the glove compartment. All you need is an interim destination and the route will appear.
In a rapidly changing world, this view holds, strategic plans are the route to stagnation, which is the reason so few are followed. Organizations, in these times, need to be flexible, opportunistic and unfettered by yesterday’s thinking.