Great Questions Before Your Next Strategic Planning Meeting

A colleague and I have created a Leadership Development Program centered around “Coaching, Culture, and Communication”.  My dad and I have been working on a strategic planning meeting agenda for a client.  I have put these two ideas together and created a list of questions any leader could address prior to a strategic planning meeting.

Coaching Questions

  1.  What do you want to accomplish? What are you expectations?  What would make this a “home run” meeting?
  2. Have you ever had strategic planning meetings before? How did they turn out? If not, why are you now having one?
  3. Is there a gap between where you are today and where you would like to be? Describe that gap.
  4. What is the plan after the meeting? How are you going to implement the action items from this meeting?

Culture Questions

  1.  How would you describe the current culture of your organization?
  2. How were the attendees for this meeting chosen?
  3. Do you have a mission, vision, and values statement(s)? Are they used or just window-dressing?
  4. On a scale of 1-10, how committed are you to implementing a strategy vs. just checking the box?
  5. Who is going to own the strategy going forward?
  6. What are the costs to your organization if there is no change?

Communication Questions

  1.  What do the attendees know about this meeting? What pre-work have they been asked to complete?
  2. Who is going to kick off the meeting? Will the organization’s leader be in attendance all day?
  3. Have dates, start-end times, lunches, breaks, and dress code for the meeting been communicated?
  4. Who will communicate the plan, implementation, wins, strengths, improves, and developmental areas after the meeting?

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