Extract from Strategy and Planning Descriptor available on the ASK Inyathelo portal
Strategy vs Planning
Strategy asks questions around what an organisation aims to do – its objectives, given its context; whereas Planning asks questions about how an organisation intends on achieving those aims.
- Strategy is about scanning the horizon, understanding the external environment and then creating relevant responses.
- Planning is about mapping out the activities directed towards achieving your objectives; it involves looking at the people – skills and experience, finances, processes, timelines, etc. required to do the work.
On the ASK Inyathelo site, you'll find resources on strategic thinking for complex (and uncertain) environments; material on what strategy entails; and examples of various templates and documentation you can use to inform your plans: