The truth is that if the execution didn’t work then the strategy wasn’t good. A strategic plan is nothing more than a series of action items you will undertake to achieve a desired result. Too often, the process of developing a strategic plan involves a management consulting firm authoring a plan and then working to bring the company’s leadership on board. With Ignite Management you are the author of the strategy, not us.
Weeks before your planning retreat, we begin to meet with the executive team. After analyzing and assessing your existing strategy, we work with you to identify significant issues, looking for challenges and successes. We meet with the Board of Directors to gather their perspective, working to detect new areas of concern. Critically, this process is a discussion, not a presentation.
In preparing for and then holding the planning retreat, our focus is on creating conversation—it is through this conversation that the strategic plan will emerge. Adults don’t learn by being told. We learn by thinking things through ourselves and coming to our own conclusions. Nobody knows your business better than you: at every level of an organization there is knowledge and wisdom, and an effective strategic plan takes this insight and puts each individual in a position to activate it.
No plan can be effective unless the people executing it believe in it, and they will not believe in it unless they created it. Buy-in begins at inception, not completion.