Following is everything you need to know about building your one-page strategic plan. The one page plan contains the following components:
The plan is divided into three sections: The basics, long term, and right now. Each category is represented by a column on a single 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper. This is done for a couple of reasons.
First, the plan is designed to define cultural basics.
Second, you define long term goals and plans.
Finally, the plan records items that need to be accomplished this year, this quarter, and today.
Think of it as a plane in flight. The basics represent the plane at 30,000 ft, the long-term category is the plane at 10,000 feet, and the right now category represents the plane coming in for a landing.
The one page plan is primarily a communication tool. In most (if not all) organizations, communication is the biggest problem. The one page plan helps you and your team identify important questions such as:
- Where are we going?
- What’s my part in it?
- Why did that person get hired?
- Why did that decision get made?
- Am I a fit for this organization?