Strategic planning relates to leadership through your willingness to adapt and change your way of thinking as well as being honest with your plan thereby being realistic. For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled (Feynman, 1986). Strategic planning relates to both your personal and professional way of life. For instance, you plan to have a family, your financial budget, determining necessities vs. luxuries. When you deviate from a plan you can fall short of accomplishing your goals and place yourself in a position to fail.
A key take away I learnt from this module is that you must be brutally honest with yourself and others and present clear, non-convoluted information. During my time with the Durham Police Service I have witnessed officers suggest great ideas but forgo planning and eventually their ideas fell by the wayside. I recently proposed a vision to an inspector about implementing new sirens that have been utilized by fire services for many years. My mission is to equip all scout cars with these sirens to reduce or prevent officers and civilians involved in collisions with our vehicles. Our current sirens are too quiet and cannot be heard until in some circumstances it’s too late. I focused my discussion on risk management and determined that preventing at least one collision would inevitably save the service more than the cost of implementing the new equipment. I am currently working with my supervisor to ensure this plan is committed upon and subsequently followed through.
Strategic planning has been around since well before the turn of the century. For example, in World War II during the battle of the Bulge Hitler attempted one last advance against the axis of powers. The overall German plan was laid out (Cole, 1965). However, due to Hitler’s autocratic leadership style and his inability to accept additional input from his subordinates his plan broke down. Hitler did not accept...
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