Every organisation or major unit within a larger organisation sometimes has to make some major decisions- the sort of decisions that affect its entire future for years ahead. These decisions relate to the most significant challenges facing an organisation – issues so important they may determine whether or not the organisation even has a future..
Such decisions are not simply about small adjustments to activity levels, but are the kind of decisions that may lead to a substantially different organisational structure, or major changes in the relationships among key stakeholders, competitive position, or strategic partners of the organisation.
These 'elephant in the room' strategic challenges may include major shifts in the market, big changes in government policy, and radical moves by competing organisations. Sometimes, it is something inside the organisation that demands a major reappraisal. Technological change driving new methods of carrying out its work, or weakening of its financial structure, or a change in the senior management of the organisation requiring a large re-organisation are examples of such internal issues.
To address such challenges effectively most organisations facing such issues need a systematic and flexible process of corporate strategic planning.
CMC is very experienced at facilitating a systematic, formally documented process for deciding the handful of key decisions that an organisation, viewed as a corporate whole, must get right in order to thrive over the next few years.
The process results in the production of a corporate strategic plan, that can be submitted to governing bodies for approval, and as part of the process of obtaining funding needed to implement strategic initiatives.