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The Top Five Reasons Strategic Plans Fail

"Most great plans aren't. They are just nice, high-level ideas."That's how one of our survey respondents answered our question, "What are the top three obstacles that prevent great plans from reaching effective implementation?" Despite the universal chatter around the need to be "strategic", and the untold hours spent developing strategic... Read More

How to Achieve E-commerce Success ?You Gotta Plan!

Before becoming a netpreneaur, I was an entrepreneur. First, I owned a successful child care center which grew to capacity in less than two years. When I sold that, I bought a little flower shop that had less than 300 customers and grew it to what it is today, one... Read More

Communication Strategy During A Time Of Strategic Planning

"Rubbish!" shouted the large, aggressive man in the red-striped shirt (we had to pay attention to him because he owned the company). "The staff don't need to be told anything. When we've sorted out all the details and have the adverts ready to run, then we'll tell them. They don't... Read More

Planning For The Slow Season Of Your Business To Increase Sales

Every business experiences slower periods. For some, they sell more during the Christmas season while others move at a snail pace. Some sell more during the summer and others less. The key is being aware of your seasons and alternatives available to solve the challenge and change the results. All... Read More

19 Questions to Supercharge Your Business Plan

Whether you are seeking capital for your company or are optimizing your business strategy, the most important element - particularly for outside investors - may be your written business plan. You can tune-up and supercharge your plan using this 19-step checklist. When your written plan firmly answers yes to each... Read More

How To Prepare A Business Plan That Guarantees Big Profits

It is always said "If you Fail to Plan, you Plan to Fail" Success in business comes as a result of planning. You have to have a detailed, written plan that shows what the ultimate goal is, the reason for the goal, and each milestone that must be passed in... Read More

Top Reasons To Form A Strategic Business Alliance

A strategic alliance is when two or more businesses join together for a set period of time. The businesses, usually, are not in direct competition, but have similar products or services that are directed toward the same target audience. Below are ten reasons to create a strategic alliance. 1.... Read More

Completing the Annual Planning Process

Imagine an office without a desk, or lights, a computer, or even something as simple as a chair. When the architects and designers started planning a building or office space they knew they would have to make concessions for these items during each of the building activities. As marketers, we... Read More

Six Key Areas For Evaluating A Strategic Alliance

Strategic alliances are increasing at a rapid rate. It is good for business, good for the consumer. A strategic alliance is similar to a joint venture. Everyone remains in his or her own entity, yet come together for a single purpose or period of time to create something that could... Read More

Menu Driven Business Planning

A menu is the foundation of any restaurant; Guests will support or avoid a restaurant for its food. Starting with a preliminary menu is a simple and basic approach to restaurant development. Begin with a menu, and you are light years ahead in the restaurant development process. A menu will... Read More

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Uniting Risk Management With Strategic Planning
CMSWire
The consideration of what might happen — what some refer to as risk — should be part of the strategic planning process. Businesses should set objectives and strategies only after thinking carefully about where you are, what is happening around you ...


Nonprofit Quarterly

The New Strategy in Strategic Planning: Talk to Those Affected by the Work
Nonprofit Quarterly
Given its role as a core component of the state's economic development strategy, MTI is subject to pressures that many other nonprofits are not. Over the past year, the organization underwent a strategic planning effort, incorporating the perspectives ...


Ball State Daily News (press release)

Ball State strategic plan open forums come to a close
Ball State Daily News (press release)
The last of three open forums concluded Thursday, and the Strategic Planning Committee will now prepare for a revision period. Ball State President Geoffrey Mearns stated in all three forums the committee will revise the plan from November to February ...


Newcastle Herald

Council sacks strategic planning manager after Newcastle Now investigation
Newcastle Herald
Newcastle City Council strategic planner Jill Gaynor in 2014. Newcastle City Council has sacked corporate and community planning manager Jill Gaynor and stood down another staff member after an inquiry into the Newcastle Now business group.


Polk State College News

Polk State College hosts inaugural Strategic Planning Summit with national policy expert
Polk State College News
Polk State College hosted its inaugural Strategic Planning Summit, Connecting the Pathway to Success, Friday, Oct. 12, on the Lakeland Campus with national policy expert Dr. Evelyn Waiwaiole, Executive Director of the Center for Community College ...


YSD Asks For Input On Strategic Plan
Yankton Daily Press
The Yankton School District (YSD) is in the process of updating its Strategic Plan for 2019-2024 and would like your input. YSD invites any parent, student, teacher, support staff or patron of the Yankton School District to participate in a 15-question ...


BU Today

University Begins Strategy Planning for the Next Decade
BU Today
The drafting of a new 10-year strategic plan that will guide issues, from how the University spends its money to the activities it undertakes, is now underway. Robert A. Brown, University president, says he believes the time is right to go through this ...

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Tribune-Review

Input sought for Pine-Richland Strategic Plan for 2019-23
Tribune-Review
At Pine-Richland School District, the strategic plan drives daily action within an annual work plan. The district is in the final year of its current plan. This plan was developed in a collaborative manner about four years ago with input from key ...


Newcastle Herald

Council sacks strategic planning manager embroiled in Newcastle Now investigation
Newcastle Herald
Newcastle City Council has sacked corporate and community planning manager Jill Gaynor and stood down another staff member after an inquiry into the Newcastle Now business group. The Newcastle Herald has been told a council economic development ...


CUinsight.com (press release)

Strategic planning is more than a fall weekend
CUinsight.com (press release)
With fall's arrival, credit union strategic planning season is in full swing. For some, strategic planning meetings are a necessary event that won't significantly impact the credit union's plans. They typically include updates by senior executives ...

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