There is procrastination and then there is preparing. We discussed both in a post several weeks ago and the differences. If you are just joining us or missed that post, you can review it here. The one topic we have not discussed is planning. Since 2004, planning has trended down. We are not preparing to avoid common pitfalls by undertaking strategic planning as we once had.
Jim Collins in Good to Great stated,
“Strategy per se did not separate the good-to-great companies…there is no evidence that the good-to-great companies spent more time on strategic planning…”
Maybe so, but let me make a case for planning, how it turned my life around and some tools you might find useful. In a month that is crawling with articles on goal setting, we do not see a case for strategic planning. It is probably why 25% of you have stopped your resolutions a few days ago and by mid-week another 10% will quit.