In learning about strategic planning from a business perspective, I have noticed many similarities to military planning. With my many years of military experience, this has made the transition to a career in strategic consulting far easier, enabling me to directly transfer many compatible skills.
What is the hardest part of strategic planning? The answer to that is clearly its implementation. But making the process a ‘whole of organisation’ experience can ensure buy-in and leadership across the business. Bringing in other stakeholders including both suppliers and customers, can further enrich the process.
It is now well established that diversity strengthens companies. It does not—as we have recently seen with some boards—protect against failure.