I’ve frequently observed a misunderstanding amongst leaders in differentiating between what actions are strategic versus tactical.

Although the distinction is seemingly simple, this confusion warrants clarification.

An organization, or individual for that matter, is striving to accomplish a mission comprised of various goals.  The process for accomplishing this is referred to as strategic planning…the creation of a written project plan that determines where we are right now, where we want to go, and how we will get there?

Strategic planning integrates multiple resources in order to establish the roadmap for how to successfully achieve the desired outcome(s).

Strategy development is the higher-level thought process that includes planning, creating operational changes and defining pertinent goals required to realize the objective.

Tactics, on the other hand, are the multiple, specific actions necessary to achieve each of those respective identified goals.

The graphic below provides a clarifying visualization on this topic.