Employees are major strategy stakeholders. Without their feedback strategists can become divorced from the operational realities and demands from customers. Withoutbuy-in from the workforce, execution is also doomed to fail, as these are the individuals bringing strategic planning to fruition.
It is therefore surprising that a recent SPS web poll found that over a quarter of strategists do not involve employees in the strategy formulation process. The poll also found that four in ten involve them through formal consultation, 13% do so through formal feedback loops and one in five rely on informal feedback.
The lack of employee involvement suggests many strategists are following traditional autocratic strategy formulation approaches, and missing the opportunities exploited by more flexible learning organisations which use employees to inform the strategic process.
This month we ask why are there so few women in strategic planning?