Successful strategic plans include methodologies for engaging all stakeholders into the implementation of the mission and growth goals. Successful strategies permeate the entire organization.

Strategic development and implementation are made possible through people. Period. The ability to recognize and communicate effectively about organizational strategy needs to be engrained in the culture…cascading through and permeating all levels. If issued as a top-down decree – without proper buy-in and implementation for the vision from all stakeholders – even the strongest and most creative strategic plan will yield minimal outcomes. The following is a summary of the core 11-steps any organization engaging in a strategic planning exercise should utilize in order to align its key participants toward the end goal.