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Strategic Reviews, Annual Business Plans & Execution

Over the next three months – July-August-September 2021 – we’re going to be looking at Strategic Reviews, Annual Business Plans & Execution. As part of this we’ve pulled insights from two PlanA Consulting clients that we’ll call Business 1 and Business 2.


Over the past 5+ years both these businesses have been working with John Hutchinson (Hutch) from PlanA Consulting as their business consultant / advisor. He’s assisted them from a broader strategic perspective as well as facilitating team meetings and workshops.

Business 1 & Business 2

Although these two businesses are from different industries and are different sizes (Business 1 has 20+ staff and Business 2 less than 10 staff), they’ve both followed a similar path with regards to working through their annual strategic reviews, formulating business plans and carrying out execution / implementation.


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Strategic Reviews Steer You To Success


A strategic review asks questions such as: are we doing the right thing, as opposed to: are we doing it right, which is more what the business plan covers.

As part of their annual work plans with Hutch, Business 1 and 2 complete a strategic review in the first quarter of any given calendar year, which involves reviewing their existing strategic plan, adjusting if necessary (usually only minor changes), before setting their business goals for the coming financial year.
At this point it is worth noting that carrying out a strategic review isn’t about a plan of action or vision per se. It’s more about developing an understanding of what the business needs to do in order to reach its goals, which will be reached by developing and implementing business plans year on year.


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The Strategic Review Rhythm Continues Every Year


As a result of their strategic reviews, Business 1 and 2 were able to challenge their thinking, look at where their time and effort was best spent and change their focus. The strategic review is a rhythm that continues each year and then is supported through the year with development & execution of the business plan. This has helped Business 1 and 2 develop a/an:

  • Understanding of what they’re doing and where they’re going.
  • Take a step back and look at their business from another perspective / a broader look at their business direction.
  • Knowledge of what key people think – both this includes their team, customers and other staff and stakeholders.
  • Allows the Senior Leadership Team set the course of action for the coming year with regards to objectives and reaching goals.
  • Cascading budget allocations for known and predicted costs.

So, is it time your business looked at its strategic plan? Speak to John at PlanA Consulting on a no cost, no obligation basis to see how your business can reach its true potential.



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