In this video outtake of a training session, Evan Junker covers the strategic planning process and commonly-overlooked issues. Primarily geared to small- to mid-size non-profit organizations, Evan gives an overview of a “waterfall” style process. This process can be used as a foundation from which to incorporate emergent, generative, and other components or as a
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Sending work emails until bedtime with a listless nights sleep and an early morning rise...only to encounter more emails with diverse -- sometimes conflicting -- demands on time and resources. You know that if you asked every member of your board what your organizations main focus was they would each give you a different answer. And you love your supporters...yet they feel the organization has such little grounding they can tell you what your organization should be doing as well. It's official. The anchor is up and you are drifting in the ocean. You have known it for some time now, but at some point it is time to say, "today we start our Strategic Planning Process."
So perhaps it is not that simple. One person cannot make such an edict without buy-in from the other stakeholders -- likely those who were writing those emails! Let's start by discovering how to tell if it is time to explore strategic planning.
Some questions are asked in nearly every strategic planning discussion. In this recorded session, Evan Junker answers some of the most common questions about strategic planning, as well as some that are commonly overlooked. Evan covers often omitted aspects of the process — how to ensure accountability without the trappings of shaming and blaming —
Strategic planning for non-profits is different than that of for-profit corporations and businesses. Even the smallest, most community-oriented business is still focused on the shareholder. Nonprofit organizations on the other hand focus on stakeholders and impacted communities. So how does this impact strategic planning? It means that off-the-shelf solutions to strategic planning will fail —