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By Monica E. Oss

March 18, 2011

Over the course of the past few decades, the way that we think about strategic planning has shifted. Whereas once an organization may have been able to develop a solid 10-year plan that could serve as a staid reference guide, in our current environment, organizations need to look at shorter time frames and plan for a continuously shifting market.

When considering the economic, political, and technological evolution of the market today, traditional strategic planning is simply not enough. A changing environment may require your organization to think about an entirely new business model paradigm and related market positioning (Do You Need Paradigm Shift Strategic Planning?: “Tweaking” Your Positioning May Not Be Enough in a Turbulent Market ). And in situations where we are unsure of key market factors, scenario-based planning may be necessary to ensure that your organization will be prepared whatever the future holds (The Futurists View of Health & Human Services: A Briefing & Executive Exercise in Strategic Scenario Planning ).

We have several resources prepared by our consultants that can serve as a guide as your organization works to develop a strategic plan:

For a more detailed look at planning in this time of change, join me in June for my presentation, “The Changing Paradigm for Health & Human Services – The Trends Shaping Planning for Today & the Future,” at the 2011 OPEN MINDS Planning and Innovation Institute. And if you have any questions about developing a strategic plan for your organization, send me an e-mail at


Monica E. Oss
Chief Executive Officer, OPEN MINDS


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