While preparing for this chapter I decided to Google strategic planning methodologies and came up with 1,460,000 results. Strategic planning has been around since armies first planned wars. Wikipedia provides the etymology of strategic as coined in English in 1825 of military origin, from the Greek

(strategikos), “of or for a general,” from (strategos), “leader or commander of an army, general,” a compound of (stratos), “army, host” +, “leader, chief,” in turn from (ago), “to lead.” The strategoi, as a council of advisors, provided the ruler with advice on how to win wars as opposed to winning tactical battles. Business leaders today still make references to the strategies explained in The Art of War, written in the sixth century B.C. by Sun Tzu.