Strategic Planning As A Slight

Strategic Planning As A Slight

Strategic Planning

As a slight digression, I was also interested to discover exactly what women managers thought about the importance of strategic planning for organizations in the twenty-first century. The role of strategic planning in business has perhaps been ambiguous and, consequently, misunderstood over the years. The word planning' here is a misnomer if it refers to the process whereby senior managers and directors look to the future by taking an overview of the organization and its environment drawing up scenarios of possible futures and setting strategy which will determine policy. This process should more correctly be called strategic thinking and I have been intrigued to find that most of the women I have spoken to, whilst talking about strategic planning, have quite naturally used the word 'thinking'. That may be because they are more interested in being sensitive to future possibilities rather than getting into the essential, but mechanical, processes of planning'.

For example, in my experience, women are well able to understand the concept of strategic planning. It's no accident that the majority of policy managers in my organization are women - many of whom, like me; work for male bosses who lack the breadth of vision needed to plan for the future', and 'many women can be more holistic in their thinking, I've noticed'.


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