Don’t Stand for B.S. Strategic Plans

strategy-plan-notebook-Doug SundheimAt least once a week I read a strategic plan that feels like it was written by a random-corporate-buzzword generator. The lingo sounds fancy, but there’s no substance behind it. Give it a little push and it falls apart.

Here are few recent offenders:

  • We’re going to utilize a best-practice project management methodology to accelerate cost cutting.
  • We’re going to use a brand marketing framework to increase awareness.
  • We need to build a culture of innovation.
  • We will accelerate product launches by strengthening the R&D team.
  • We value every voice in the organization.

To be fair, these statements aren’t inherently bad. They do mean something and can be successful strategies. But only if a clear and thoughtful plan follows. In the case of each of the five statements above there wasn’t. Rather, there were equally vague sets of implementation steps that sounded like they came from the same random corporate buzzword generator. 

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Doug Sundheim

Doug Sundheim

Doug Sundheim is a consultant and executive coach with over 15 years of experience in growing businesses and helping others do the same. He works with leaders and teams of Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurial firms to help them maximize their effectiveness. You can follow Doug on Twitter @DougSundheim and find out more about his services at

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