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Operational Planning

Accomplish Exceptional Performance Through Exceptional Planning

What is operational planning?

Well-implemented strategic planning provides the vision, direction and goals for the organization, but operational planning translates that strategy into the everyday execution tactics of the business that will ultimately produce the outcomes defined by the strategy.

Operational planning is the conversion of strategic goals into managed execution.

The critical role operational planning plays in strategy execution

Corporate strategy can be thought of as a message packet that must be passed through the organization, understood by all and acted upon in orchestration. If the message is garbled, ambiguous or not communicated well, the intent will be lost in translation and operational execution will become misaligned with the corporate strategic goals.

Superior operational planning requires proactive and innovative thinking to enact strategy within the operational layer of the business. Operational planning must produce the plan outcomes while managing constraints on time, money and resources.

Our offering is an indispensable element of successful strategy implementation

We make strategies deliver on their promises. Samson Communications offers our clients an approach to operational planning that breaks down strategic goals into well-estimated, fully planned and realistically resourced programs, initiatives and projects that can be tracked across all P&L structures and at all levels of the organization. In short, our operational plans yield detailed execution tactics for strategy implementation, complete with clear-cut clear accountability - planned for execution down to the task level and including time lines and tools for measuring performance on all strategic objectives - any time.

How we approach operational planning

Working side-by-side with our clients, we bring action and accountability into planning. Our proprietary Samson process looks at the organization's systems as a whole, understanding and accounting for the interdependency existing between the many initiatives in play supporting the enterprise strategic plan. Our operational plans convert the enterprise strategy into major program groupings that support execution of strategic goals. These programs are further planned at the initiative level across the business, resulting in detailed execution road maps that are well-aligned with the corporate strategy and produce the desired plan outcomes through engineered accountability, measurability and governance.

Our approach identifies potential roadblocks that might otherwise impede operational execution. For instance, understanding that different sub-cultures exist across the organization and can impact the effectiveness of communication and coordination among divisions and departments. Samson accounts for those distinctions during planning, bringing all facets of the organization's hierarchy into consideration. Since execution is a day-to-day battle, our Samson process effectively allows organizations to meet new challenges and take advantage of opportunities through our adaptable and responsive approach.