Even if your business already has a formally written Strategic Plan, it is a good idea to map it or re-map it in your team using a mind-mapping package. Gather your strategic team and start to develop the Map of your Strategy. We find it best to start from a blank worksheet and brainstorm all of the elements. If you bring in a preliminary filled-out map or a pre-developed plan, it could constrain the thinking of your team.
Having said that, below is a typical strategic mind map that may have been developed by such a team (click on the graphic for an expanded version). The idea is to put some thought into every aspect of the business. Consider each branch of the tree you have created, what and how you will invest resources and mindshare to it, what the constraints are, who is responsible, etc. You can keep adding outward branches, or make extensive notes within a branch. Feel free to use this one as a reference to see if you missed anything after brainstorming your own plan.
When you feel that you have a full "tree" covering all of the important aspects of the Strategic Plan, it is time to prioritize and pare it down to something manageable. You can use prioritizing symbols and/or hide (collapse) less important branches to get down to the essentials for your business.
The resulting pared tree makes an excellent nucleus for your new Strategic Plan! You can then use it in management meetings with colors and symbols to track progress and problems, add new opportunities and constraints, assign initiatives and programs, etc. This mind-map should be owned by the Strategy leader (usually the CEO), and should be a living, changing document.
Developing a winning strategy is not simple, but approaching it with this kind of mind-mapping tool makes it easier to see the big picture and focus on the right parameters for your business.