Strategic planning here is an interactive process in which leaders, managers, and followers create a common goal together. Ebener and Smith, using their years of experience as consultants and teachers, have distilled their knowledge into a simple step-by-step process that can be used in the three types of organizations: business, not-for-profit, and public. The importance of planning and preparation, prioritizing needs, communication, and accountability in implementation are highlighted.

Introduction: Strategic Leadership
Chapter 1: Set the Stage Initiate the Interactive Process
Chapter 2: Do Your Homework
Chapter 3: Name Your Culture
Chapter 4: Frame the Questions
Chapter 5: Answer the Questions
Chapter 6: Take Action
Chapter 7: Lead the Vision
Chapter 8: Hold Yourself Accountable