Jan 30, 2024
In episode 90 of Mission: Impact, Carol Hamilton goes solo and talks about:
What strategic planning is and is not
the five steps to a comprehensive strategic planning process
Keys to ensuring your plan gets put into action and stays relevant
The five steps are 1. kick off, 2. discovery or listening tour, 3. explore, 4. decide, 5. plan & act
Strategic planning is a structured process for setting priorities for the medium term (3-5 years).
It involves gathering insights from stakeholders, identifying themes, exploring futures, and making decisions to focus the organization’s future in service of its mission.
What it is NOT
It’s not about predicting or controlling the future.
Just the document, it's about conversations that build alignment and shared understanding.
It is not just a retreat
Setting yourself up for success
Let everyone know what is happening and what is coming
Pull together a team
Go on a listening tour
Interviews, focus groups, surveys – what will work for you.
How are you making participation accessible?
Share the current state as well as hopes and aspirations
Explore the wider landscape and ecosystem for trends
imagine new futures for the organization
Prioritize and decide on the future directions and goals: Where will you put your energy?
Revisit your mission and vision – are they aligned with where you are going?
Plan & Act
Define action steps, success indicators, and feedback mechanisms.
Keeping the Plan Fresh
Agree on a process for reviewing and updating the plan
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Common Mistakes Organizations Make in Strategic planning:
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