Strategic Planning: Cover All Your Implementation Bases

By Erica Olsen

Before you start the process of implementing your strategic plan, evaluate your strategic plan and how you may implement it. As a business owner, executive, or department manager, your job entails making sure that you’re set up for a successful implementation.

Honestly answering the following questions will help to keep yourself in check:

  • How committed are we to implementing the plan to move the company forward?

  • How do we plan to communicate the plan throughout the company?

  • Are there sufficient people who have a buy-in to drive the plan forward?

  • How we going to motivate our people?

  • Have we identified internal processes that are key to driving the plan forward?

  • Are we going to commit money, resources, and time to support the plan?

  • What are the roadblocks to implementing and supporting the plan?

  • How will we take available resources and achieve maximum results with them?

  • Are those who need to help and don’t work for us going to commit money, resources, and time to support the plan?

You don’t need to have the perfect answers to all these questions right now, but just make sure that you give all the questions equal consideration. You don’t want to look back six months from now and wish you had identified some big issues that are now threatening your success.

If you’ve identified some red flags, assess whether they’re huge obstacles or small ones. If they’re big, get them out of the way before you implement, even if it means pushing your timeline out for a while.