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  • 16
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  • 10
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Course Description

Strategic planning is vital for ensuring an organization still will be a leader in its field 20 years in the future. The plan is a tool leadership can use to judge an organization's health at that moment.

This course is a complete guide for writing and implementing a strategic plan for your organization. Lessons delve into why a plan is needed and explains the difference between a business plan, long-term planning, and a strategic plan. The course also explains how the plan will ensure an organization's success.  It explains the importance of mandates – both formal and informal; how to write a mission and vision statement and why they are important for an organization; and it explains values and how they play a vital role in how decisions are made along with their guiding force within the institution.

We'll take a look at the issues surrounding the organizing of a plan and the types of questions that should be asked so leaders can truly learn an organization's strengths and weaknesses. The course shows how to strengthen weaknesses and also if a weakness is a bad thing or actually a good one for the organization. Risks are inherent in everyone's life and that includes doing business as an organization. The lessons teach leaders how to assess risks and prioritizing an organization's needs as the strategic plan is being constructed.  A look is taken at prioritizing the tactics within the plan and the resources needed to make the plan a success. 

Finally this course gives a complete outline of the main areas found within the plan and offers guidelines for all information contained under the main headings. It also gives guidance for creating ownership within the organization and how to communicate the plan. Guidance also is given for keeping the strategic plan updated and viable for years to come.

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Lesson 1: Introduction to Strategic Planning. What Is It? What Are the Benefits?

Strategic planning is more than a blueprint to help an organization reach its desired goals; it's an action plan to guide the organization into the future. 11 Total Points
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Exam 1

Lesson 2: Analyzing the State of Your Organization

By looking at your organization, you can identify holes in your assets and abilities -- and you will know what you can and cannot do with current assets. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: For a Picture of Your Organization's Financial Health, Check Your Balance Sheet; Managing Safety and Health
  • Complete: Exam 2

Lesson 3: Clarifying Organization Mandates and Mission

In this lesson, you will be looking at an organization's mandates and its mission or mission statement. One typically is overlooked in strategic planning -- and without the other, you do not have a strategic plan. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: What?s your mandate?; Business Strategy 5: Step 2 Identify Organizational Mandates
  • Complete: Exam 3

Lesson 4: Assessing the Environment and Identifying Strengths and Weaknesses

This lesson outlines areas in a strategic plan that trip up many organizations. If the assessments are not properly researched, and people are not honest in their appraisals, the whole strategic plan could lead to the organizations failure. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Analyzing Your Business's Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats; Internal and External Analysis
  • Complete: Exam 4

Lesson 5: Collecting and Analyzing the Data - What Are the Issues

Being able to talk frankly and freely allows all the data to be thoroughly analyzed, verified, and qualified, as pertinent data for the strategic plan. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Three keys to building a data-driven strategy; Balanced Scorecard Basics
  • Complete: Exam 5

Lesson 6: Stating the Mission, Vision, and Values

Mission statements should be informational for the leaders, employees, and the customers. The statement should concisely talk about the organization's direction, the reason for its existence, and its ideals. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: Answer 4 Questions to Get a Great Mission Statement
  • Complete: Exam 6

Lesson 7: Formulate and Plan Immediate and Long-Term Outcomes

For the strategic plan to be successful, a continuous monitoring and evaluation of the plan must take place to ensure success. 10 Total Points
  • Review Article: Developing a Plan for Outcome Measurement
  • Complete: Exam 7

Lesson 8: Prioritizing Needs and Identifying Risks

Without ownership by everyone involved in the organization, the strategic plan will not be utilized to its fullest potential, which will be detrimental to the organization. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Risk Impact/Probability Chart; Risk and Safety Management
  • Complete: Exam 8

Lesson 9: Designing and Validating Tactics

The best place organizers should look for tactics needed in the strategic plan is in the initial strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and outside competition or threats listings outlined during the investigation. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Validation: How to Get Strategy Right; 5 Strategies To Validate Your Product Ideas
  • Complete: Exam 9

Lesson 10: Prioritizing Tactics and Resources

For the organizations strategic plan to be a success, there are three critical elements that must be fully vetted: tactics, tools or resources, and a commitment to the plans goals. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Communication Strategy: 9 steps to effective strategic planning ?; TACTICS, TOOLS and STRATEGIES? - FIVE STEPS TO IMPLEMENTATION
  • Complete: Exam 10

Lesson 11: Outlining, Designing Plan, Including Budgets

This lesson will help you better understand what goes into the strategic plan, by creating the plans outline. This lesson also will offer brief explanations of what is included under each heading. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Examples of Effective Budget Strategies; Strategic Plan Template: What To Include In Yours
  • Complete: Exam 11

Lesson 12: Process Design and Action Guidelines

Throughout the course, there have been hints as to why a strategic plan is necessary. The main reason given, is so the organization will now begin the process to thrive in the future as an industry leader. 10 Total Points
  • Review 3 Articles: Assemble Your First Project Team; Developing a strategy as a basis for new product and process development ; Sample Strategic Plans
  • Complete: Exam 12

Lesson 13: Documenting and Communicating the Plan

A communication plan is needed to coordinate all the team's efforts and to keep all the information they receive organized. 10 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Communicating Your Strategy; The Implementation Process of Strategic Plans
  • Complete: Exam 13

Lesson 14: Updating and Revising the Plan

The strategic plan does not move an organization into the future if its not being utilized, updated, or revised when needed. 80 Total Points
  • Take Poll: What do you think about this course?
  • Complete: Exam 14
  • Complete: The Final Exam
211
Total Course Points
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Course Title: Strategic Planning
Course Number: 8900334
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: Professional Development
CEU Value: 1.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Linda Zavadil
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