Strategic planning is never easy. Brutal facts need to be addressed and it takes a team of individuals that work together constructively and honestly to have a successful planning session. Jim Collins author Good to Great insists that you must have the right people on the bus when developing a team. Fortunately, we did!

Nov 13 2009

COMPUTER EXPLORERS Strategic Planning Group

The team photographed in the front row: David Rhodes (NJ Franchisee), me, Cyndee Perkins (Curriculum & Program Development Director, Collette Howell (CA Franchisee) and Kathy Muller (Director, Sales Training & Development). In the back row: Vicki Ziesemer (WI Franchisee), Robin Scott (NC Franchisee) and Lorri Wyndham (Operations Manager). Not photographed: Steve Hammerstein, President, I.C.E.D.

As I worked on my notes from the session my horoscope arrived on Twitter. It’s a great little feature and most times right on target. Today it said:  “You often take the path of least resistance and choose stability over innovation. Now, however, you are being given new ways of responding to a familiar situation that has become a bit of a rut for you. Rather than repeating history, you are on the verge of breaking out of an old habit. Taking a risk isn’t always advisable, but this time it should work in your favor.”

Chose stability over innovation? I would like to say that is far from the truth. But I can’t! I don’t want to repeat history and I’m ready to put an action plan together that involves risks! Based on our session yesterday my first priority is building brand image. As one of the team members said “it’s time to set clear and strong directives and set restrictions”.

There is a lot that needs to be done but I have a bus load of the right people to make it happen. As Bob the Builder, a software character in our COMPUTER EXPLORERS pre-school programs asks “Can we build it?  The reply is always “yes we can”!