Life is full of surprises and unexpected challenges. Business is also full of unpredictable circumstances. However, the negative impact of unforeseeable situations is greatly minimized when a plan is in place to deal with the problem. A great example of a strategic planner is Professor Xavier from X Men (loved character of the X Men franchise who most recently appeared in X Men Days Of Future Past). As a leader, Professor X keeps the X Men safe and on track. Part of that involves thinking ahead. He takes time to strategize and prepare for potential situations that may arise. Sure, his preparations don’t always save the day, but his leadership and the effort to plan certainly help reduce damage. Like Professor X, leaders who see successful outcomes are well aware that there must be a balance of planning and flexibility for change. Talent development, leadership training, strong communication and mission are all vital aspects of business success, but they are also pieces of a puzzle and must be fit together with thought and strategy.
Strategic Planning Tips
Approach planning with company mission in mind
Play devil’s advocate with every decision
Learn from the past
Utilize a system, like SWAT planning for structure
Break away from tradition and be innovative
Strive to invite input and consensus
Map out a plan of attack
Always proof and experiment as much as possible
Have a back-up strategy
Stay positive and give it 100%
Effective leadership and strategic planning are equally as crucial to business success as they are to X Men survival. Professor Charles Xavier said “When an individual acquires great power, the use or misuse of that power is everything. Will it be used for the greater good? Or will it be used for personal or for destructive ends?” As an organization forming a strategic plan, it is important to keep the common good in mind, just as it is important to invest in leaders who care. At the end of the day, strong leadership and a good strategic plan will win out against the obstacles of modern business.