Building the Strategic Plan

The ultimate plan is a collaborative effort of the core organizational Stakeholders. Key to the process are the following

  • Organizational Buy-In
  • Stakeholder committment
  • Clear understanding of both the Organization Mission but also the mission of the Strategic Planning Process itself

With this as the starting point the steps to a successful strategic plan are…

  • Complete understanding of the findings and implications of the gathered information
  • A clear and objective exposition of the organizations'
    • Strengths
    • Weaknesses
    • Opportunities
    • Threats
  • Construct the elements of the plan
    • Objectives
    • Goals
    • Overall Financial Implications of The Plan
    • Strategies for each part/deparment of the organization and for each functional element of the organization
    • For each strategy outline: objectvies and measurable goals with the tactics and financial implications that will be used and needed to meet these objectives and goals
    • Responsibilities/Dates/Times for each strategy

I am a very strong believer in the utility of the Consensus Model. Two vital elements are acomplished using concensus:

  • Each member of the Strategic Planning Committee/Stakeholder Committee voice is given ample opportunity to be expressed. As a result contrarian views are given a full-throated voice when it might be otherwise stifled
  • We are able to build buy-in as we progress through the planning process thereby giving a head-start to the implimentation phase of our process