The idea of strategic planning and execution worries many leaders and managers within the organization. It seems so time consuming and laborious. But it doesn’t have to be! Strategic planning and execution are necessary management tools to run a successful business. Strategic planning and execution go hand-in-hand. Strategic planning is about setting priorities, making decisions and taking actions to meet goals. It is developing the plan that will guide the organization over a period of time with a focus on achieving long-term goals and a vision. Strategic planning provides a roadmap for success that outlines the steps the organization as a whole, a division, a department or a workgroup will take to achieve an overall goal or vision. Strategic management (or execution) is about executing against that plan. Strategic management focuses on making strategic choices for the future and managing the work that is done within the organization in alignment with the strategic plan. Strategic management skills enables managers and leaders to analyze internal and external environments in order to formulate strategies, enabling for competitive advances in their industry. In today’s competitive marketplace and ever-changing needs of customers, innovation in strategy is necessary to keep the business moving forward.
Gina Abudi, MBA has 30+ years’ of experience providing consulting services and training to global organizations with a focus on projects, processes and their people. Gina is President of Abudi Consulting Group, LLC, and an adjunct faculty member at Granite State College (NH) teaching in both the Masters of Science in Project Management and Masters of Science in Leadership graduate degree programs. Gina frequently works with project teams, leadership groups and executives to facilitate complex meetings, brainstorming sessions and strategic planning sessions. Gina is the lead author of Best Practices for Managing BPI Projects: Six Steps to Success (J Ross Publishing, 2015) and author of Implementing Positive Organizational Change: A Strategic Project Management Approach (J Ross Publishing, 2017.) Gina is working on her next series of books focused on providing support and guidance to leaders. Gina received her MBA from Simmons Graduate School of Management.