The Ultimate Guide To Complete A One-Page Strategic Plan — Your Fast-Track To Alignment

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The OPSP in short

Who’s gonna do what, by when, and how do we measure that?





How is the OPSP built?

The OPSP consists of three sections:

  • At the bottom you find your starting point or foundation,
  • In the middle is what you’re going to build,
  • And on top are results you’re headed towards.
  1. Your “why” — the starting point or foundation at the bottom plus the values and purpose you’ve got with your company on the left;
  2. Your targets and goals or your “what” on the top and in the middle;
  3. Your execution or your “how” on the right.

The core of the OPSP: your “why”

Explained by Jonathan Herps

  • What makes us matter and what would happen if we weren’t there?
  • What difference is our company making in the world?

Strategy section part 1 — your “what”

Explained by Mark Miller

  1. the target type, focused around a certain numeric goal,
  2. the role model type, e.g. becoming the “Nike” in a different industry than sports clothing,
  3. the competitive type, e.g. surpassing your biggest competitor by X,
  4. or the transformational BHAG, where you focus on transforming your industry.

Strategy section part 2 — the “how”

Explained by Ann Ralston

Recommendations for optimal implementation of your OPSP

  1. In large organizations each business unit could have their own OPSP based on the overall company plan. In that case, we recommend that you use software to have it digitized and not have to rely on paper versions alone.
  2. Once you’ve completed your OPSP, remember to keep it as a living document. The key purpose is better alignment and communication. So look at it frequently.
  3. We encourage teams to review their OPSP on a weekly basis to see where they are currently on or off track with their rocks and KPIs. Don’t spend time on the ones that are on track or “in the green.” You can just use this review to talk about the “reds” and “yellows;” the ones that need attention.
  4. When you use the OPSP like this, you’re constantly iterating on the processes that make your company really good at what it does. As a result, you and your company are learning faster. This will bring you a huge strategic advantage for 2020.

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