Strategy, Why Strategic Planning is Important?

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When we talk about strategic planning sometimes we associate with paperwork, theories, old school works, a boring and endless task, and so on.

 But actually planning is a natural and embedded activity that we practice everyday. We plan the best route to go to the office.  We plan when we go shopping. We plan our vacations. And so we do with other diverse actions of our daily activities (professional and personal).

With strategic planning we have a enlarged scope, a little more of variables, an expanded timeline, defined methodologies (tools) and usually we need to write it. But it continues to be an extension, or an improvement, of what we are accustomed to do which is planning.

Talking with focus on startups and SMBs (small and medium businesses), the strategic planning is a fundamental tool to avoid "lose the path in the middle of the running".

It is like a "compass" and a "user manual", to help entrepreneurs to surpass initial stages of a startup and to help SMB to go to the second level and increase business and results.

As a Strategic Plan is not a static document, it should be revised periodically and updated. We are in an extremely fast and mutable business environment; it would be a utopia, want to define a business scenario for the next five years (or even three) and expect to be 100% correct.

When you define (write) a Strategic Plan, you are organizing your ideas, defining the business scope, vision, mission, values, targets, products, analysis of the competitors, marketing and sales strategy, key figures, resources, points of control, feasibility,  costs, cash flow, financial needs, break-even point of the business, and so on.

Finishing the Plan, you will be in control of the situation. It will have a pleasant feeling.

You will have a reference and a document to share with your partners and collaborators to develop synergy, motivation and synchronicity.

You will have a document, if needed, to present to your bank account manager, in the "bad times".

You will have a set of "tools" already developed, to correct quickly any deviation of your original thoughts and plans. 

You will sleep better with everything planned, organized and controlled!

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