Strategic Planning Can Jump Start Your Organization

One of the biggest challenges as a leader or an entrepreneur is to overcome organizational inertia. In physics inertia is the resistance of any object to a change in its state of motion or rest, or the tendency of an object to resist any change in its motion. In organizations inertia means there is built-in resistance to change or direction. Habits form, people get comfortable, there is a routine for how things are done, and inertia then sets in like a baby wrapped in a warm blanket on a cold day.

Baby in a State of Inertia

Why is this? Because the most difficult thing to do in any business is to think, to think clearly, to think strategically, and then make decisions based on those thoughts. It is much easier to just act the way I have done things before–because acting feels more productive, more energizing, more leader-like. All planning should lead to acting and sometimes there is a strong case for a bold move in the moment, but it is better and far more powerful to act based on a thoughtful view of your organization. There are virtuosos among us who seem to have a sixth sense for making good decisions, but for the rest of us, there is strategic planning. Strategic Planning is really just a systematic way to think intentionally and carefully so that leaders can consistently make good decisions. In fact, the best strategic planning is a decision-making system that constantly responds to both short term and long term opportunities. Strategic Planning can jump start your organization and overcome inertia by forcing the baby out of the blanket into the world.

Who knows? Maybe you have a precocious E-trade baby who does not just want to crawl around on the floor and play with a ridiculous mobile hanging over his head, but instead wants to trade stocks, make witty jokes, and generally operate on a much higher level. Strategic Planning reveals that potential. Make a resolution this year to do strategic planning and banish inertia forever.