Long Range Planning: Use these sample phrases to craft meaningful performance evaluations, drive change and motivate your workforce.

Long Range Planning is setting long-term goals and objectives for your business or project to ensure its growth and sustainability is reached by all the employees.

Long Range Planning: Exceeds Expectations Phrases

  • Writes a description of the current status of the company, including the total income and net profit, in order to determine where one wants the company to be in the future
  • Talks to employees in all departments to find out what is working well, what needs fixing, and what is completely broken
  • Breaks down high-level goals into a set of year-by-year metrics in order to track progress towards the goals
  • Develops alternative visions of the company and works closely with the management team to choose the most compelling company vision
  • Sets flexible goals that are easy to modify in case one encounters barriers along the way to accomplishment
  • Makes sure that own skills and abilities are compatible with the set personal or company's long-term goals
  • Makes sure that the set goals are things that one wants to achieve rather than things that one wants to avoid
  • Analyzes threats, opportunities, strengths, and weakness of the company in order to determine how to go about setting long-term goals
  • Ensures consistency between departments; makes sure that each department plan is brought together with plans for other departments and that they mesh
  • Reviews the long-term plans at least once a year to make sure that they reflect changes in the company's markets and its position

Long Range Planning: Meets Expectations Phrases

  • Looks at the company as an outsider and reviews its strengths and weaknesses in order to identify areas of opportunity and improvement
  • Asks team leaders to report how their teams contribute to the mission and which mission-related goals could make the teams more effective
  • Communicates own strategies to all levels of the company to make sure that everyone is operating within the same goals
  • Refers to the elements of the long-term plan frequently or whenever necessary to provide guidance and to show others that one considers the plan important
  • Finds out the competitors' strengths and weaknesses and looks for ways to adopt or exploit them
  • Identifies strategies to improve customers' satisfaction and conducts surveys to find out if the strategies are working
  • Writes specific statements that give a summary of how the company plans to achieve its mission or approach the market
  • Identifies the core competencies that one will require and begins to develop those competencies in order to be better positioned for the markets in the future
  • Integrates long-term planning into the company budget in order to avoid conflict between the day-to-day finances and long-term financial goals
  • Foresees situations that may break the ongoing strategies and deals with them before they actually happen

Long Range Planning: Needs Improvement Phrases

  • Gives up when one encounters barriers that seem to impede own progress on long-range planning instead of modifying the plan accordingly and moving forward
  • Starts long-range planning without proper data thus misses some of the most important facts
  • Develops a company's vision but does not indicate where the company is headed or where one wants it to be
  • Does not take the time to analyze the company's strengths and weaknesses or come up with ways to help it grow
  • Develops unrealistic long-range plans and easily gets frustrated when one fails to accomplish them
  • Does not integrate the company's long-range goals into the budgeting process thus creates inevitable conflict between the company's goals and its day-to-day finances
  • Creates an action plan that is hard to change or update thus gets stuck when a plan experiences an unexpected change
  • Does not know how to anticipate situations that may break the long-range planning process thus panics or blames others when the situations do happen
  • Does not take the time to track own progress on the plan or make modifications
  • Does not seek help from others even when one really needs it or doesn't understand a crucial part of the long-range planning process

Long Range Planning: Self Evaluation Questions

  • Describe the most recent long-range plan you have been involved in. What are some of the information you needed to start the process?
  • How do you make sure that your long-term goals do not conflict with your short-term goals?
  • Describe a time when you have had a hard time accomplishing your long-range plan. What was the problem and how did you solve it?
  • Who do you involve when deciding on a long-range plan for your company and why?
  • What are some of the challenges that you have faced when trying to accomplish a long-term goal? How have you overcome them?
  • Describe the most successful long-term goal that you have accomplished. How did you go about making it a success?
  • What are some of the things you have done to improve your ability to plan for the future?
  • In your opinion, do you think most start-ups fail due to lack of long-range planning or due to poor management? Explain your answer
  • How have you helped your team members meet their long-term goals? How has this benefited the company at large?
  • Do you think a vision statement is important to a company? In your opinion, what are some of the things that must be included in vision and mission statements?

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