The PFRIPB Of Strategic Planning

Many organizations, discuss, the need for doing/ performing, some degree of strategic planning, yet, very few, actually, proceed, to strategically plan, consistently enough, to make a relevant, sustainable difference, for the better! For over four decades, I have been involved in nearly every aspect of leadership, and leadership training, from identifying, and qualifying, to training, developing and consulting to thousands of actual, and/ or potential leaders, to serving, personally, as a leader, in several positions, for a variety of groups and organizations. I strongly believe, there is an essential need, for groups, and their leaders, to pursue strategic planning, on a regular basis, and, with that in mind, I have come up with this PFRIPB of quality strategic planning, In order to do that, this article will briefly examine, consider, review, an discuss, using the mnemonic approach, what this represents, and why it matters.


1. Past: What is it, about this particular organization, which distinguishes it, in some unique way, and makes it worthwhile, for those, with shared values, etc? Develop your plan, while maintaining keen attention, to the past, including the heritage, history, mission, and reasons, this particular organization, is worth belonging to!2. Future: Since our world, constantly is evolving, sustainable organizations, consistently evolve, in a relevant manner, without sacrificing their mission, values or goals, but, paying keen attention to the future needs, and ultimate, sustainability of the group! What might be the best process, to achieve this essential objective and focus?3. Relevant, sustainable planning: A leader’s actions only matter, if they are truly relevant, to the needs, priorities and perceptions, of those, one represents! There must be a consistent, alignment, to both, today’s relevance, as well as the finest, sustainable future! This requires professional, focused planning!4. Imagination: One must escape the restrictions of any personal comfort zone, and be ready to expand it, by proceeding forward, considering viable options and alternatives, and possessing the necessary imagination, to see things as they should and can be, rather than merely, as they have been, and presently, are!5. Persistence; priorities: Far too often, groups and their leadership, resist, and/ or abandon their commitment, to strategic planning, because of impatience or obstacles! A great, strategic plan, only makes a difference, when a real leader has the persistence to move forward, focused on addressing priorities, in a relevant, sustainable manner!


6. Best approaches: Since there is generally, more than one way to proceed, doesn’t it make sense, to have a system, to focus on the best approaches, which will make a quality difference for the better, for the organization, and stakeholders?Beginning with the PFRIPB of strategic planning, is an effective way, to achieve the finest, most relevant, sustainable objectives. It takes patience, persistence, and focus, to make it matter!