Few would argue that a nimble, quick-to-learn and quick-to-adapt organization is a bad thing. Given the rate of change in our world, those characteristics are increasingly table-stakes for survival and success.

Why then has the approach to strategy and the notion of “strategic planning” in so many organizations remained mired in a 1960’s kind of static, top-down event-focused model? Many firms practice a style of strategic planning that might have worked in a different time and place, but today, fast-to-try, fast-to-fail and fast-to-learn are essential for survival and success.

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