Strategic Planning Blog

3 Situations that Cry Out for Strategic Planning

January 15, 2017 2:58 pm

As a Strategic Planning Facilitator, I have the opportunity to observe all kinds of businesses. For many who do not have a formal strategic plan in place, it’s pretty easy to find some common denominators. Here are a few situations that clearly call for strategic planning… 1. Lack of a Clear Direction The most common situation I encounter is companies lacking a clear direction. When the members of top management are asked where the business will be in a year and how they expect to get there, they have very different answers. It’s not uncommon for...

Managers Sabotaging Their New Hire? 4 Ways to Ensure Onboarding Success!

December 14, 2016 2:25 pm

You’ve just spent months interviewing, vetting, and finally hiring the perfect candidate for the job. The person is a great fit for the role, with the attitude, skills, experience and education to hit the ground running – and you think you can applaud your success and get on to the next task. Not so, according to research from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Aberdeen Group, Gallup, Hewitt Associates and others. If you don’t onboard the new employee effectively, you’ve just wasted a ton of time and money. In fact, 87% of new employees...

Strategic Planning: Create a Mission Statement that Inspires and Motivates

November 7, 2016 2:54 pm

Developing a mission statement may be one of the most important activities you’ll undertake during your strategic planning process. A great mission statement will reflect your primary purpose and the very core of why you exist. It succinctly tells EVERYONE — your customers, employees, suppliers, partners and the community what you’re all about. Elements of a Mission Statement Your mission statement should serve as a touchstone for day-to-day activities and become the foundation for future decision making. A great mission statement will satisfy each of the followings elements: >> It should be customer focused, clearly...

Strategic Planning: Create a Vision Statement that’s Beyond What’s Possible Today

September 28, 2016 9:28 am

If you have any hesitancy in answering the question: “What do you hope to achieve?”, then it would be a good idea to to dedicate some time creating or refining your company’s Vision Statement. Defining a Good Vision Statement in Strategic Planning A vision statement is a declaration of your company’s goals for the future — it’s what you hope or dream to accomplish or achieve. A good vision statement describes your destination, the ‘where you want to get to’. It should become your inspiration and the framework for all your strategic planning — all...

Strat Plan Guy to Give SHRM Professional Development Seminar

September 17, 2015 1:58 pm

Next month, Jim Gribble will be conducting an interactive workshop titled “Using Behavioral Assessments to Become More Self-Aware and to Improve Communication in Your Organization” in conjunction with the Montgomery County SHRM Professional Development series of seminars. The workshop will focus on the personal and professional development of each attendee. Using the Predictive Index Behavioral Assessment, participants will receive a complete analysis of their work-related behaviors, comfort zones and inherent behavioral strengths. They will also gain an understanding of their personal decision-making, communication and management style. Participants will learn how to gather and interpret this human capital...

New accessPI Interface Takes Human Capital Analytics to Next Level (Video)

September 2, 2015 6:15 pm

Predictive Index clients were ‘wowed’ by the new accessPI™ 15.1 release. The powerful, easy-to-use software solution provides them with secure online access to their valuable Predictive Index behavioral assessment data. Companies are given unlimited use of Predictive Index and define which individuals within their organization have access to the data. These trained ‘PI Analysts’ have continuous online access to tools and data that support a fast-paced and analytical decision-making process. They collect, analyze, and apply assessment data through the accessPI technology platforms, including robust integrations to industry-leading applicant tracking systems (ATS) and human resource information...

Recruitment: How to Pass an Employment Personality Test

July 29, 2015 2:06 pm

In today’s job market, it’s almost a given that you’ll be asked to take some kind of employment assessment when you apply for that dream job. Often it’s a type of personality test, generally referred to as a ‘survey’ as a way of softening its importance in the recruitment evaluation process. Importance of Employment Assessments in Recruitment Don’t be lulled into a sense of complacency – the decision to hire you over another candidate could very well hinge on the results of this employment test. Employers have learned that most hiring managers size-up a candidate...

How I Became a Believer in Predictive Index® (PI®)

June 4, 2015 5:11 pm

In 1985, I traveled from Connecticut to Los Angeles to interview with an up-and-coming company there. Upon my arrival, I was asked to take a behavioral assessment called the Predictive Index®. After getting the job and coming on board, I learned they were looking for someone with a very specific work related behaviors that were strongly expressed. These behaviors included someone who: was capable of breaking new ground, was comfortable taking risks and making independent decisions, worked with a sense of urgency, and would be attentive to important details and follow up. Thankfully, my PI...

How to Land the Perfect Hire by Avoiding These Mistakes

May 4, 2015 1:35 pm

If you’ve ever hired someone who didn’t work out, you’re painfully aware how much talent acquisition mistake cost your business. Losses from a bad hire go far beyond the salary, training and replacement costs. When you factor in productivity losses, opportunity costs, moral implications and more, the figure can easily reach tens of thousands of dollars. Thankfully, companies can prevent the costs associated with poor recruitment decisions by recognizing the challenges at different steps of the talent acquisition process. Below are six of the most common mistakes that can lead to a bad hire. Avoid these and...

Predictive Index vs Personality Tests in Talent Acquisition

February 6, 2015 12:23 pm

Fear of Tests in Recruitment A candidate shows up for an interview and the hiring manager informs him he is going to take a “personality test”. Immediately, negative thoughts start swirling through the candidate’s head — “What if I FAIL this personality test?” “What personality flaw are they going to uncover?” “I didn’t come here expecting to be psychoanalyzed!” This is no way to begin an interview process, especially when trying to make the candidate feel comfortable and ready to talk candidly about himself. For most potential employees, the terms ‘personality test’ and ’employment test’...

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jimbutton Strategic Planning Facilitator, Jim Gribble “The Strat Plan Guy”, has decades of experience helping all types of organizations achieve their goals. Jim has developed strategic plans and marketing programs that have resulted in tremendous success for many clients. You’re invited to learn more about what Jim can do to help your business or organization benefit from effective strategic planning.