Discussion

It has been said that vision is necessarily a responsibility of leaders.  Why is it important for health organizations to have keepers of the vision? Explain with support.

Chapter info :
Strategic decisions are those that determine the overall direction of an enterprise and its ultimate viability in light of the predictable, the unpredictable, and the unknowable changes that may occur in its most important surrounding environments.  They ultimately shape the true goals of the enterprise.

-JAMES BRIAN QUINN, STRATEGY AUTHOR AND DARTMOUTH PROFESSOR

Strategic decisions set the overall direction for an organization and shape its goals as well as its products and services, markets, service delivery and support activities.

The broadest strategic decisions are the directional strategies-vision, mission, values, and strategic goals-because they provide general limits for all subsequent organizational decisions.

The directional strategies create the first signs of momentum for the organization.

A change in the directional strategies is usually evolutionary rather than revolutionary.  Therefore, directional strategies should be re-examined and modified over time, allowing an organization to remain nimble enough to maneuver in its changing environments.

Lesson objective(s):

By the end of the lesson, you should be able to:

Describe the roles of and relationships among mission, vision, values, and strategic goals.
Develop a mission statement incorporating the important characteristics and components of organizational missions.
Identify service category critical success factors.
Develop a set of strategic goals that contribute to the mission, move the organization toward the realization of its vision, and are consistent with the organizations values.

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