How many times have you gone off to the proverbial woods, to have an off-site planning session? And how many times have you left feeling you have a workable strategic plan? And how many times have you "worked" it?
I've been in the corporate, academic, and not-for-profits worlds, and have seen SO MANY plans fade away. There's probably a formula for off-site planning decay: after the first week you've lost half of the momentum (after all, you have to catch up after being out of the office), a month passes, and you've lost half of that, and by the time you are several months out, you are out of momentum.
So how do you avoid plan decay? You do not leave the woods until you have three things: a next step plan, a draft balanced scorecard, and a scorecard keeper.
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