If youre starting a new business or planning your businesss future, there are plenty of things you should take into account. Strategic Planning For Dummies covers everything you need to know to develop a plan for building and maintaining a competitive advantage no matter what business youre in.Written by Erica Olsen, founder and President of a business development firm that helps entrepreneurial-minded businesses plan for a successful future, this handy guide covers all the basics, including:How a strategic plan is different than a business planEstablishing a step-based planning processPlanning for and encouraging growthTaking a long-view of your organizationEvaluating past performanceDefining and refining your mission, values, and visionSizing up your current situationExamining your industry landscapeSetting your strategic prioritiesPlanning for unknown contingenciesIf youre in business, you have to plan for everything especially if you intend your business to grow. Whether youre planning for a small business, large conglomerate, nonprofit, or even a government agency, this book has the planning specifics you need for your organization. Step-by-step, youll learn how to lay the foundations for a plan, understand how your plan will affect your business, form planning teams, discover what your strengths are, see where you are, and, finally, plan where youre going. And theres much more:Learn to analyze business trends that will determine your businesss futureSet measurable, realistic goals that you can plan for and achieveMake strategic planning a habitual part of the organizationPrioritize multiple strategies that you can implement simultaneouslySet a defining vision for the organization that guides all your planning and strategyThis friendly, simple guide puts the power of strategic planning in the palm of your hand. For small businesses that cant afford to hire strategic planning consultants, its even more imperative. Careful, constant planning is the only way to handle an uncertain business future. With this book, youll have all the step-by-step guidance you need to ensure youre ready for anything that comes.