It is interesting to see how many teams think that having a project plan means successful execution. Getting the group together and strategizing, then putting a plan together is absolutely important for execution, but as important as planning is to have the discipline to execute the plan.
Here is an interesting blog from Harvard Business Review about how to assess a firm. "If you want to really understand a firm’s strategy - whether it’s a start up or Fortune 500 firm - you need only two documents: the compensation plan and the pricing plan."
The course " Thinking like a Leader: the TILL System" is described and linked on our e-learning page, along with other e-resources of interest.
It is the month of July, which means that you are either already done or just about done with mid-year reviews with your team members. If you haven't scheduled them yet, or your company doesn't have the policy to do mid-year reviews, I highly recommend that you still have these discussions.
I just read again today a classic from C. Merle Crawford, "Strategies for new product development," Business Horizons, Dec. 1972, pp. 49-58.