“Strategic Planning Vs Operational Planning”
We experience a typical misunderstanding while working with organizations that distinction between strategic planning and operational planning. While both of them are closely connected, it's critical to understand how they are different and how an organization can use both types of plans.
Many companies mistakenly believe
they have developed a strategic plan after meeting with their team and creating
a list of short, medium and long-term tasks and projects. In any case,
strategic planning is a high-level, macro activity that hones in on your
organization’s strategic priority areas and goals for the mid to long term
A solid strategic plan fills in as a guide to follow from where you are currently, to where you need to be. An operational plan, however, focuses in on the micro, or the day-to-day and weekly actions that can help your people achieve organizational goals.
A strategic plan outlines your mission, vision, and high-level goals for the next three to five years. It also takes into account how you’ll measure those goals, and the major projects you’ll take on to meet them.
The strategic plan asks questions about the organization such as:
What do we do and for what reason
do we do it?
What are our strengths,
weaknesses, opportunities and threats?
What market trends or client
demands support the vision?
What barriers may we encounter?
Where is our organization now,
and where do we want to go in the future?
Which key regions would we want
to concentrate on?
Strategic Planning Process Steps
Each business should have a
strategic plan—but the number of businesses that try to operate without a
defined plan might surprise you.Since such a significant number
of organizations fall flat in such matters, you can get ahead of the game using
What is the strategic planning process?
In the most straightforward
terms, the strategic planning process is the method that organizations use to
develop plans to achieve overall, long-term goals.
The strategic planning process is
more extensive—it helps you make a road map for which strategic objectives you
should put effort into achieving and which initiatives will be less helpful to
the business. The strategic planning process steps are outlined below.
1. Determine your strategic
position.2. Prioritize your objectives.3. Develop a strategic plan.4. Execute and manage your plan.5. Review and revise the plan if
1. Determine your strategic position.
2. Prioritize your objectives.
3. Develop a strategic plan.
4. Execute and manage your plan.
5. Review and revise the plan if required.