Mid-winter is a time of end-of-season rivalries and celebrations (or not!), analysis and reflection, planning and implementation.
This past weekend, the 51st Super Bowl had a nail-biting, historic overtime win, complete with a half-time sky diving diva, heroic vindication, familial dedication, awkward award moments, and a stolen jersey. The Patriot’s 4th quarter come-from-behind victory is emblematic of careful preparation, taking stock of current circumstances and making immediate decisions that fueled success.
The common theme here is the importance of rigorous preparation prior to nimble, targeted response. That preparation includes conducting an internal evaluation, considering the findings, executing a plan. Now, how does this link to the need for a training program to conduct an internal self study followed by external validation of its findings, then executing on a plan? Conducting a SWOT analysis provides information that is useful in determining a program's strategic direction.