The Importance Of The Strategic Compass Process

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The Strategic Compass process is a viable alternative to strategic planning.

The Strategic Compass method ask a series of questions generating a two-fold advantage over focusing on maximizing success and using actionable steps to devise a solid plan. Of these self-reflections based inquires the first question is most useful, helping institutions focus in on their own strengths considering, “What do we do best?” (Buller, 2015, p.122). Just the first of four questions this sets the tone of this plan. By design it is purposefully general, higher education is changing rapidly and it requires an agile, flexible planning system that can also change. Even Wagener and Smith (1993) in an article discussing strategic planning among Historically Black
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50). Utilizing the strategic compass approach as opposed to strategic planning allows for the uniqueness of the institution to come to the forefront instead of common, rigid inefficiencies. Using the Academic Progress Rate as an accountability measure, instead of spreading attention across many measurements leadership should focus in on ways they have been able to successfully build upon that success. It is and will always be important for institutions to know where their strength lie to capitalize on the value it provides. Giving attention to that area as opposed to one of random choosing or a weakness gives a positive advantage to build greater successes in the future. New technologies may surface over the coming years that will assist students or the Federal regulations may change though hypothetical examples of how the future cannot be pinpointed, if leadership uses the past as a foundational building block they better position themselves to meet the …show more content…
It also lacks useable steps that help institutions create a plan. Buller (2015) points out the benefits of a pessimistic viewpoint to more accurately address likely future challenges. Strategic planning does not adequately address challenges and is prone cause institutions to "overestimate their likelihood of success" (Butler, 2015, p. 111) which damaging their potential. It also gives general direction without being overly specific since the future is ambiguous. It offers strategic questions that are principle-based to ensure ability to take advantage of opportunities that come as well as withstanding challenges that will undoubtedly occur. This method also asks institutions strategic questions meant to help institutions capitalize on their strengths and leverage foundational success for continued future gains all of which make it a better method since it essentially addresses the limitations of strategic planning. Using the accountability measure Academic Progress Rate, leadership in Florida can use the strategic compass practice drive further advancements in the success of that

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