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Strategic Plan Alignment Paper

Submit an analysis of your plan, examining the degree of alignment between the organization's proposed published values and:

- The leaders and managers treatment of internals
- The internal stakeholders treatment of one another
- The organization's treatment of external stakeholders
- The organization's short-term plans
- The organization's long-term plans

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Introduction
This paper will discuss the strategies and concepts that will be utilized by the Information Technology (IT) Directorate of the Cowen Enterprises (CE), to develop a long term strategic plan. Although CE has indeed developed a strategic plan that encompasses the organization as a whole, the plan has not filtered down to the operational workers that actually implement the plan. In particular, IT Personnel do not have a focus that enables the IT organization to meet the overall mission of the organization. This must change! Leadership must develop a vision for the organization and set measurable goals and objectives to meet and achieve mission objectives. There is a great need for a strategic plan within IT directorate and this paper will focus on how the plan should be developed.

Developing the Vision
In the building of the IT directorate's strategic plan, it is important that the IT organizations vision maintain a close correlation with the overall organization vision. In line with the concept of "Strategic Thinking", the vision must allow for flexibility and innovation. The vision should allow for creative ways to meet goals and objects and not hinder or prevent the organization from meeting its requirements. The organizations vision should be developed by both senior and mid level leaders of the IT organization. Enabling all levels of the management chain to participate in developing the vision of the organization obtains input from the most senior leader to the first level manager.

Both the organizational and higher level organization vision must be articulated to organizational personnel. This is to include those employees that are not managers and who will ultimately be the day-to-day employees that implement the vision. The employees, who understand the future direction of the organization, are more likely to suggest creative strategies that will enable the organization to meet its objectives in a more efficient and productive manner. This is in line with the concept of "Strategic Thinking". To facilitate an understanding of its vision to its employees, the IT directorate leaders will hold town meetings and brown bag lunches. This type of interactive forum serves two purposes. First, employees are educated on the vision of the organization. Why is this important? Challenges are encountered on a regular basis from both internal and external sources, and it is important to have an informed workforce who understands the direction of the organization. This enables the workforce to make better decisions to meet mission requirements. Secondly, decision makers are able to hear the feedback from employees on the vision they have created. This empowers the workforce to provide input and possible changes to the organizations future, creating a more effective workforce.

Understanding the Organization
A plan to implement the organizations vision must be developed. This comes in the form of an organizational Strategic plan. The development of the organizations Strategic plan should take a synoptic approach. A consensus on the strategy the organization will take must be agreed upon. Issues such as the organizations strengths, weaknesses, and how to meet higher-level organizational objectives should all be discussed. The level of uncertainty, strategic posture, and portfolio of actions must be addressed and consensus among the decisions makers ...

Solution Summary

This response provides guidelines on creating a strategic plan alignment analysis, comparing an organization's proposed values and how these have been carried out.

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