We all do the planning. Moreover, we all plan strategically – from going to the store, disposing of money to disposing of time, maintaining friendships and relationships, or building a career. We do this by planning in what way, how, and when we will achieve what we want. What then prevents businesses from planning strategically?
Planning is indeed an unavoidable step in starting and maintaining a business. Still, most businesses are waiting to see results, which we distinguish as reactive planning. Long-term business planning refers to anticipating and preparing for different situations. Strategic planning, on the other hand, encompasses a series of long-term ongoing activities through which the mission, vision, and goals of a business or organization are achieved.
Whether it is small, medium, or large companies, organizations from any industry – strategic planning is the key to success. The following are the 3 main reasons why strategic planning is important for any business, specifically for surviving in the long run.
Stability is one of the main goals of any business or organization, one of the keys to success. Strategic planning enables the stability of the business because you are always aware of the resources you have at your disposal, but also the possibilities for achieving goals. As already mentioned, strategic planning is a constant process through which one creates one’s future, and the measures taken in strategic planning enable stability.
Flexibility refers to the ability of a business or organization to respond to any emerging demands. Strategic planning provides a framework and focuses on business, as well as advice for day-to-day decisions. This leads to the greater flexibility of the business ready to adapt to new requirements, reposition if necessary, and make the most out of its resources. Strategic planning should be tailored to the business and flexible to allow for change and updating.