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Get the people and their time to start planning

Many people are asked to develop a strategic plan, but given few resources to do the job right. The 'planners' first challenge is to build a strategic planning team.

Most frequent best practice Create a cross-functional team with the key players who can make decisions
Most frequent best practice Have senior managers assign key players to the team
Second most frequent best practice Make participation part of their performance plan
Second most frequent best practice Make team membership an honor, e.g. you are handpicked
Usually works Ask to redirect start-up funding from current budget allocations
Usually works Make the time allocation to the team and to the primary job clear
Usually works Focus on the expected output from the team and its benefit
Usually works Have a key customer request the planning
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