Quotes for Strategic Planning

I can’t fully explain why I love quotes so much, but I find them invaluable as I facilitate strategic planning sessions. Quotes are succinct and summarize key points in the planning process in ways that add insight, and sometimes humor. I try to remember good quotes so I can spontaneously use them at the right occasion. Here are a few of my favorites:

 Strategic Planning

 “Plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Dwight Eisenhower

“In the face of uncertainties, planning defines the particular place you want to be and how you intend to get there.” Peter Drucker

“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time.” Leonard Bernstein


Where there is no vision, the people perish.” Proverbs 29:18

“Vision is the art of seeing things invisible.” Jonathan Swift

“When I was growing up I always wanted to be someone. Now I realize I should have been more specific.” Lily Tomlin

Strategic Priorities

“If you have more than 3 priorities then you don’t have any.” Jim Collins


Strategy is not about competing for the present, but competing for the future. It’s about understanding that non-linear change means anticipating & appealing to customer discontinuity.” Vijay Gvindarajan

“The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do.” Michael Porter

“A great strategy is born of constraint.” Terry O’Reilly


“A goal should scare you a little, and excite you A LOT.” Joe Vitale

“A goal is a dream with a deadline.” Ken Blanchard

 Action Plans

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” Confucius


 “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”  Winston Churchill

It turns out there is a name for people like me who love quotes – a quodophile!  Happy quote collecting.

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