Developing An Effective Process For Discussion

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To plan a good format for a meeting, facilitators need to be aware of the different ways that individuals process information and offer their input. For example, many extroverted people need to process their thoughts out loud while introverted people need to complete their thoughts internally before they speak them. If the whole meeting consists […]

Using a Parking Lot Effectively During a Meeting

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A parking lot is a list of issues that have been “parked” (set aside for later discussion) during a meeting, allowing the meeting leader or the facilitator to keep the meeting focused on its purpose when it might be missed because of a difficult side issue. Usually it is the meeting facilitator who asks the […]

Lesson Learned

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This post looks at five key lessons learned from working on strategic planning with many small to medium sized not for profits. 1. Do the upfront work on the external environment and your organization. This will ground the strategic plan. Without it, the plan is based the opinion of the people around the table, which […]

Action Plan

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This post discusses how to develop a workable action plan to implement strategic goals. Strictly speaking this is not strategic planning but it’s vital to ensure the time spent on the strategic plan isn’t wasted – the odds that it will be implemented without an action plan are small. The first thing you need is […]

Strategic Development, Part 2

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The last post described a process for brainstorming responses to the strategic analysis done during the situation review, the mission and vision revisit and the strategic positioning discussions. This post describes how to take that work and create strategies and goals. A strategy statement is a statement of strategic intent. For example, your program strategy […]

Strategic Development Part 1

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At this point in the strategic planning process you have looked at the internal and external situation, identified key trends that will impact your organization and your clients, confirmed your mission and vision and developed a consensus about how you want to be positioned in the future. The next step is to ask yourself – […]

Strategic Positioning

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By this point in the strategic planning process you’ve gathered information, examined the external and internal situation and confirmed your mission and vision. Now, it’s time to look at some broad strategy questions. Generally, it is a good idea to look at funding first, using the tool below to guide the discussion.   This can […]

Strategic Planning: Mission & Vision Revisit

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Most organizations have a mission statement, but many Board members and senior staff can’t articulate it well. Most paraphrase with some degree of accuracy.  The mission statement is critical – it should explain why you exist, and more importantly, it should be a touchstone for Board decision making. The mission revisit (which usually follows the […]

Planning – The Situation Review

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Before looking to the future, it is vital to determine your organization’s current situation (internally and externally) and identify key trends that will impact you and your clients. External Situation You need to ask questions about your environment and how it is changing: • What trends do you see in your clients and your community? […]

Strategic Planning: Introducing the 5 steps to effective strategic planning

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Small to medium not for profits operate in an ever changing environment, and need effective strategic planning to be successful. Limited resources make this difficult, and often, the ‘strategic plan’ is a wish list rather than a reflection of strategic decisions. Small organizations can be overwhelmed by an inappropriate strategic planning process. The strategic planning […]

 

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