Strategy for your company and your employees is important. Knowing where you want the company to be and having clearly defined goals needs to be a transparent process to your management team. This kind of interaction is essential for rearing the company in the direction you’re hoping it goes. A strategic planning meeting is a place for managers to come together to discuss their departments, their employees, the current issues they are facing and the current climate and direction of the company.

Each of your departments are essential to the overall success of your company. Gathering the leaders of your many areas is important for several reasons. Communication being the main one. Bringing them together in a cohesive manner will prove to create a better overall strategy to your company goals. When you’re meeting with your team and bringing everyone together this provides an incredible opportunity to share expertise, opinions, celebrate wins and of course, strategize.

Everyday people come in and get focused. With heads down, they are consumed in their own world. Setting aside time for your team to put their day to day down allows the “birds eye view,” to come into focus. Knowing that focus is your goal, preparing for this meeting is key. While many meetings can be a quick pow – wow, these meetings should be planned for. Each head of the department should be tracking and keeping tabs on the information so when the meeting comes they can share their part of the total picture. This will allow each department to shine, share and ask for help where needed.

The head of the company should be prepared to share financial gains, hardships and goals while giving status updates on certain company goals that are not being met or are lacking. The main things to focus on are team building and asking if you are doing things, right. Are we being effective? Where are the weak spots and what are the strategies to assess and improve those weak links?

The consequences of not having a strategy to these meetings can manifest a feeling of frustration among your team. If you’re not taking the time to invest in them they will sense it. The last thing you want is for your people in the trenches to leave without solutions and feel like they don’t have a place to share concerns, ideas, and personal perspectives.

Although the task can seem daunting at first, it has been proven that these meetings get shorter and more concise once everyone gets used to how things are laid out and what is expected of them. You want to capture your audience, encourage your team and follow up on your agreed upon strategies. These kinds of meetings will get you and your employees all moving in one direction together. Strategic planning will allow for exponential growth. So, what are you waiting for?