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A blueprint for strategic planning

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Assess your team’s ability to think strategically by answering each question using this scale: 5 = always; 4 = usually; 3 = sometimes; 2 = usually not, and 1 = never.

1. My employees understand the company’s
goals and objectives.
5 4 3 2 1

2. My employees understand how the
company earns a profit and other
bottom-line factors that affect its
financial performance.
5 4 3 2 1

3. Every employee knows how his or
her job fits into the profit picture.
5 4 3 2 1

4. I reward my employees for ideas or
actions linked to strategic goals.
5 4 3 2 1

5. We’ve drafted a list of our internal
and external customers and we
update it as needed.
5 4 3 2 1

6. When weighing business options,
we align our decisions with our
strategic goals.
5 4 3 2 1

7. We provide ongoing training to
sharpen our employees’ strategic
planning and core competencies.
5 4 3 2 1

8. We bring diverse groups of employees
together to brainstorm and
think strategically.
5 4 3 2 1

9. Our top executives refine and
reinforce the company’s strategic
goals at every opportunity.
5 4 3 2 1

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