What is a Strategic Plan and Why Do you Need One?
The joy of a life well lived - our work well done, our cherished ones well loved, our potential realized. Isn’t that what we’re all after? You don’t need to leave your dreams to chance. However, achieving this most fundamental and often elusive goal doesn’t just happen. It requires a strategy.
To create a meaningful plan, you need a structured approach that guides you, step by step, through the process of defining your most important goals and what you can do to achieve them. The Joy of Strategy is full of stories of real people who followed these steps and made their dreams come true.
Tips and Tools to Get Back on Track and Stay the Course
Though wondrous, the world is far from perfect and life can be messy. History, habits and happenstance can conspire to pull our best-laid plans off course. What’s been getting in your way as you try to achieve your goals? The techniques presented in this section help you recalibrate the way you’ll make decisions going forward. Pay special attention if you have tendencies toward:
- Any other behavioral patterns that thwart your deepest desires
Your excuses are gone.
The pages of The Joy of Strategy are filled with stories of people who made a business plan and brought their visions to life. In this final section, you will see how your new friends made small tweaks and major transformations, one step at a time, as their stories are brought to a close. With these vignettes as inspiration, you will be sent off to create your own strategic plan and live joyfully ever after.
Learn more about how Allison Rimm and Associates can help you get your glow
“In her first book, Rimm helps the reader break free from inertia by choosing a mission that encompasses his or her interests and talents, envisioning what success is going to look like, getting past roadblocks, analyzing strengths and weaknesses, and making the most of our most precious commodity: time. (...) Readers who feel stuck in their lives will find Rimm’s optimism infectious.”
Publisher’s Weekly, Reviewed on 05/31/2013
“I’ve had the privilege of seeing Allison in action. She conveys the “why” for personal strategy development and then the “how” in a very understandable and effective manner. This book is a “must read” for anyone who would like to help improve their individual effectiveness in both work and personal aspects of their life.”
James I. Cash, James E. Robison Professor of Business Administration, Emeritus, Harvard Business School
"One of academia's greatest challenges is mastering the essential art of mentoring. The Joy of Strategy not only provides the insight and tools to nurture the extraordinary talents of our young professionals; it demonstrates for mentors how best to mentor. The Joy of Strategy should be required reading for organizations that want to reach their full potential."
Gary Gottlieb, MD, MBA, President and CEO, Partners HealthCare
“Inspirational leaders know that their primary role is to create and sustain a healthy work environment. This timely book shows readers how to employ the business tools and life lessons Ms. Rimm provides to be the leaders of their own balanced and fulfilling lives. … Her work exemplifies leadership at its best. This helpful book provides a wealth of strategies that will help everyone from emerging leaders to seasoned veterans be more effective managing themselves and others.”
Jeanette Ives Erickson, DNP, RN, FAAN, Senior Vice President for Patient Care and Chief Nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital and co-author of Fostering Nurse-Led Care: Professional Practice for the Bedside Leader