TOP TIPS : Strategic Planning Pointers

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This issue of NZ Management touches on two important organisational activities: The staging of effective conferences and conventions, both internal and international, and the need to think and plan strategically.

It seemed like an ideal opportunity, therefore, to offer some tangential thoughts and tips on these two topics. Meetings of every shape, size and purpose are vital for effective management and organisational communication. They can, if haphazardly thrown together, also be dreadful time wasters and even personally destructive.

Great meetings, on the other hand, can be stimulating, productive, creative, solve problems and build motivation and morale. And in todaya[euro]s world, meetings can diffuse conflict in a way that emails and memos frequently fail to do.

Meetings are also effective because the written word carries only seven percent of the true meaning and feeling of the individuals taking part. And, according to research, they are better than telephone conferences because only 38 percent of the meaning and feeling is conveyed by the way things are said. The other 55 percent of an individuala[euro]s true meaning and feeling is conveyed in facial expressions and non-verbal signs.

If you are planning a meeting, check out the advice offered on the Businessballs website on how to run a successful one. See www.businessballs.com/meetings.htm.

But now to a specific kind of meeting a[euro]" the strategic planning session. As you will see from this montha[euro]s story (page 56) on the role of strategic planning, it is a critical organisational tool. …