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Strategic Planning in Los Angeles
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Upcoming Events 2017
Join the LA Chapter of the Association for Strategic Planning for evening events in Los Angeles. We cover topics such as competitive intelligence, scenario planning, strategic planning, cyber security, portfolio management and change management. Become a member and get discounts to our events, webinars and the annual conference in Toronto, Canada
February 21 2017
Scenario Planning and Healthcare
5:30 to 8 pm in Downtown LA: 444 S Flower Street, Los Angeles
We live in interesting and changing times and in an environment of unpredictability. Scenario planning is a method for organizations to manage unpredictability in a logical and structured manner and succeed in an uncertain future.
Scenario planning enables organization to develop higher quality strategic plans and forecasts in less time. Neelima Firth, a biopharmaceutical executive with experience at Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, GSK and Alfred Mann Foundation will review what Scenario Planning is, a method of capturing different options for the future and use examples from healthcare industry.
444 S Flower Street
Los Angeles CA 90071
How to get there
It is in the Citigroup Building on the corner of Flower Street and 5th street with easy access from Flower Street
Parking is available at the building, access to parking on Flower Street- expensive
Go down further to public parking at the library which is lower cost
Nearest metro is 7th Street Metro Center or Pershing Square, both on the Redline
Coming in March
Speaker Jim McClain who will go through the steps of Strategy Demystified which he has described in more detail in his new book. Strategy Demystified
Strategy Demystified brings clarity to strategy management. Determining the firm’s current position is the first step. Then, figuring out where the leader wants to take the business, based on current and future capabilities and external environmental factors, is the next. Finally, the CEO must prepare the business to implement or execute the plan including having a supportive culture. This last point is overlooked by most organizational leaders; however, it is the prime reason why 70% of change initiatives fail.
What you Missed in January
Myer Sankary gave an excellent presentation on the topic of Persuasion and Bias at ASP meeting on Tuesday 17th Jan in downtown LA
There is increasing interest in this area of social science currently due to the recently published book by best-selling author Michael Lewis on the work of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky.
Mr. Sankary, a Harvard trained lawyer and certified trainer of the principles of persuasion studied under Dr Robert Cialdini who identified and codified the ‘Six Principles of Persuasion’
In his presentation, Myer Sankary pointed out that these principles are particularly applicable in conflict resolution negotiations and in the areas of Advertising, Marketing and Political Campaigns. For those of us in strategic planning, it is about getting buy in to the concepts and the process. Mr Sankary also gave examples where the principles of persuasion can be used unethically and it is incumbent on those who become well versed in these techniques to always be ethical in their use.
We hope that Myer Sankary can come back later in the year to repeat his presentation on this important and topical subject.
Meetings we held in 2016
Competitive Intelligence: Saves Money or Makes Money......Every Time by Seena Sharp
Think this is hype? Spend just one hour to discover how to develop the best strategy – the first time – that is far more likely to deliver expected results. The bonus is finding new opportunities and immediate competitive advantage.
It's not enough to have information; it must be the "right" information. And it's rarely available from the Internet or software.
Most companies include and value financial due diligence for developing strategy, minimizing risk, and making growth decisions. Yet, they don't have comparable market due diligence (also referred to as market or competitive intelligence. Successful organizations know the importance of understanding their market and keeping up to date with trends. For those of us involved in strategic planning and strategy in Los Angeles, we know getting competitive intelligence helps us build successful strategies.
Data is not intelligence; technology is not intelligence. They may be the first steps, just as raw ingredients are to a finished recipe.
Strategic Competitive Intelligence reveals emerging and substitute competitors, unknown customers (who don't fit the target profile), market drivers, alternative uses, external forces that are impacting the industry, the changing competitive landscape, distributors’ likelihood of switching suppliers, market assessments, and more.
When the company’s decision doesn't deliver expected results, they usually blame the economy, technology, low prices, bad substitutes, or the customer’s failure to understanding their fabulous product/service. And then they go back to building strategy in the same way—relying on internal data, industry experience, and old- fashioned wits to roll out another product based on their perceived competitive advantage.
Wild Cards- Keys to Certain Business Success in an Uncertain Future
Optimism is no substitute for planning!
Understand the important predictable and unpredictable events that effect you and your organization
Learn how to forecast – and tame – the Wild Cards that could make or break the future of your business in the blink of an eye
Wild Cards are the single biggest determinant of the future success or failure of your business. If you don’t know what they are, how to forecast and prepare for them, or how to leverage them, your business is destined to be nothing but a memory in just a few years. Attend the November meeting of ASP LA to learn a step-by-step process for forecasting and taming the Wild Cards that lurk in the future of your business. You’ll be eligible to win a free copy of Jim’s book, Blueprint for Certain Success: How to Design a Thriving Future for Your Business.
Technology Trends Impacting Business
Summary: Technology is touching more aspects of businesses and has an ever growing impact on business strategy. In this panel discussion, we will look at major technology trends and their implications for business strategy both in terms of innovation and value creation as well as technology service delivery within organizations. Some of the technology trends we will discuss are:
1) Value Creation
Winning leadership strategies for non profit organizations
We had a great gathering of Non Profit leaders from LA including:
Ron Burkhardt, Managing Director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank
Ellen Pais, President & CEO Los Angeles Education Partnership
Stephen Kennedy, Senior VP/CFO, Los Angeles Mission
Susan Galeas, President & CEO, Alzheimer's Association, California Southland Chapter
We were able to share strategic initiatives, the importance of alignment across national and local chapters and the outreach into the Los Angeles Community. We were in a wonderful location downtown at Interoffice Solutions so thank you to Alison and the team.