Gartner Research

Strategic Principles Act as Guardrails to Success

Published: 11 October 2017

ID: G00337503

Analyst(s): Ian Cox , Heather Colella , Monika Sinha


Consistent and coordinated decision making is key to success in digital business. CIOs should use strategic principles to provide a framework that ensures decisions made throughout the strategic planning and implementation processes are aligned with the enterprise's objectives, goals and strategies.

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  • Create a Small Set of Principles That Focus Attention on Areas That Are Key to Business Success
    • Tips
  • Ensure Each Principle Is Connected to Business Success, Is Specific and Unambiguous, and Helps Drive Decision Making
    • Tips
  • Communicate the Principles Widely Across the Enterprise and Review Them on a Regular Basis
    • Tips
  • Examples of Strategic Principles

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