Strategic Planning is critical to the success of community organizations. It’s a powerful tool for articulating and realizing shared values, visions, and goals
Strategic Planning is about dreaming, then thinking, then acting, and being fully committed to all three parts of this process. It’s about charting the course for your organization and developing concrete steps to achieve your organization’s goals.
Strategic Planning can inspire, energize and excite everyone involved. It should be fun and it can be fun! Strategic Planning is not a dry, tedious endeavour. My sessions create energy and excitement in an organization, by inviting input from all participants, and by setting goals that people can rally around.
Too often, Strategic Plans are developed and then set on the shelf. Meaningful Strategic Planning must include plans for implementation and a process for ongoing monitoring, review and response to the changing world around us.
When the Strategic Planning is completed, I don’t leave clients with a pile of flip chart sheets and sticky notes or a typed up sheet of brainstorm ideas with no rhyme or reason to them. Coherence is key. I provide my clients with a detailed document explaining the results of the Strategic Planning process and outlining a way forward. This Strategic Plan becomes a useful tool to inspire commitment and help make organizational dreams a reality.
Participants are often surprised at the opportunities that present themselves as a result of a Strategic Planning process. Other times, they realize a change of course is needed when confronted with the difficulties with some of their goals. In either case, my Strategic Planning sessions present a clearer way forward for an organization.
At the foundation of my work as a Strategic Planning consultant is a deep respect for grass roots community organizations and a strong belief in their critical role in building democracy. Community non-profits are the heart of local democracy and are crucial to our collective well-being.
There is no cut and paste formula for Strategic Planning. There is a guiding process, but the ‘path to the plan‘ can vary from organization to organization. Some processes call for extensive community and partner input. They can take several weeks and multiple meetings to develop. Others can be completed during a weekend intensive.
I provide clients with pre-planning consultation, facilitation services, document development and implementation support. A big part of my role as facilitator is to spend time with the client beforehand consider how much time, energy and resources are available for the process and made well informed recommendations about how to proceed.
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