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June 10, 2020
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Five strategic planning challenges
– and how to overcome them

Strategic planning often spoils strategic thinking, causing managers to confuse real vision with manipulation of numbers.
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“Re-Examining “Strategy”

Given the fundamental flaws in traditional planning, it’s time we replace it with strategic thinking, re-examine the very concept of “strategy,” and simplify rather than add more complexity.

Henry Mintzberg (author of Managers Not MBAs, 2014) notes:

Strategic planning often spoils strategic thinking, causing managers to confuse real vision with manipulation of numbers. And this confusion lies at the heart of the issue: the most successful strategies are visions, not plans.”