Writing Lessons — sdoherty 2: We write to learn every day. Examples of writing to learn are journals, lists, emails, plans, diagrams, responses, brainstorming, notes, etc. Writing to learn is short, exploratory, informal, unedited, and not assessed as writing.
Review of external environment including write around process strategy definition industry analysis Opportunities Threats Focus your strategic plan on capitalizing on the strengths and opportunities; managing the weaknesses; and dealing with or minimizing as much as possible the threats.
I conduct a SWOT analysis in my business annually. From time to time, I have asked a valued client to spend half an hour with me identifying what he or she feel are the strengths and weaknesses of the business.
This can be invaluable information to your strategic planning process; if you have a strong client relationship consider working closely with them to do a thorough, and somewhat more independent, SWOT review.
You could also add action items beside each of the additional factors; strengths, threats and opportunities. These might be ways to capitalize or leverage on those strategic elements.
Most of the time, SWOTs do not include action items in that section of the strategic plan. I like to include them in the SWOT, and then carry them into the Action Plan, because it reinforces what element of the analysis necessitates the action.
I have shown action items in the weaknesses section of the following sample SWOT analysis. I have found that by doing it this way more attention and understanding is focused on accomplishing the action plan. Internal This section looks at the strengths and weaknesses of the organization.
The goal is to manage and control the weaknesses and take advantage of the strengths. Strengths Our brand and reputation in our markets is strong. We are recognized as being professional, reliable and quality-driven. We have excellent employees who are well trained, customer oriented and efficient.
We have a relatively flat organization from bottom to top: We work on a continuous improvement operating model. We capitalize on slow business periods by cross-training employees and taking employees out to meet customers which helps us to develop more capable employees and gives the organization more depth.
We have built a strong human resources program at our company; this helps us hire, train and retain the best people. We pay attention to our costs and contain costs wherever possible but not at the expense of quality, safety or the environment.
We have begun to pursue a market and product diversification strategy; this enables us to leverage our capabilities and minimize our costs and our risks. Weaknesses We are not the low-cost or low-price supplier in the market. We need to continuously improve our productivity and efficiency to reduce cost.
We are committing to a Lean process that is enterprise-wide and that will help us improve our efficiencies. We need to build stronger relationships with our Top 5 Customers. Make our service commitments and if we fail, admit our mistake, apologize, and learn how to improve and not repeat mistakes!(this strategy can be condensed into five steps for K-2 grade students) Model looking up the definition(s) of the word in a dictionary or glossary (provides exposure to formal English and prepares students to use the dictionary when necessary) Write Around: Take a small group of students and give each student a piece of writing paper;.
Continual improvement is not optional.
It is a condition of survival. Every organization must have systematic methods for making smart decisions, attacking problems, improving its products and services, and repelling competitors. This strategy that you feel strongly about and when you feel you have a good chance of convincing your audience to agree with you.
Your audience may be uninformed, or they may not have a strong opinion. learning strategy #7 - Write around Give the students a topic and have them write for one minute.
Then have all students pass their paper a specified direction (right, left, up, back) and then that student must write in response to, or add to, the first student for a specified length of time (one minute or less), continue times.
Write Around: Write Around is a writing fluency and reflection activity where students take turns responding to an open-ended question in a small group setting, with each member elaborating on the previous responses.
First, small groups are formed (e.g., students), and then the teacher poses the question for groups to respond to. Next, the first student in each group is given 30 seconds to. I love the “write-around” strategy for the communication that happens as students solve the problems, as well as the complete ownership the entire group has over each problem sheet, since every student’s name is signed next to several steps of work.