Major activities and goals from this learning module could be incorporated in that Committee's Committee Work Plan.
This module includes additional recommendations for membership of the group of planners.
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This module is in the nonprofit organization development program.
However, this module can also be used by anyone as a self-study exercise to learn more about strategic planning and writing a strategic plan.
Introduction Outcomes Materials for Review Suggested Topics for Reflection and Discussion Activities to Build Systems and Practices Assessments Tracking Open Action Items Very simply put, strategic planning identifies where the organization wants to be at some point in the future and how it is going to get there.
The "strategic" part of this planning process is the continual attention to current changes in the organization and its external environment, and how this affects the future of the organization.
Skills in strategic planning are critical to the long-term success of your organization.
This form of planning includes: a) Taking a wide look around at what's going on outside the organization and how it might affect the organization (an environmental scan), and identifying opportunities and threats b) Taking a hard look at what's going on inside the organization, including its strengths and weaknesses (perhaps doing a SWOT analysis) c) Establishing statements of mission, vision and values (some prefer to do that as the first step in planning) d) Establishing goals to accomplish over the next (usually) three years or so, as a result of what's going on inside and outside the organization e) Identifying how those goals will be reached (strategies, objectives, responsibilities and timelines) Strategic planning determines the overall direction and goals of the organization.
Consequently, strategic planning influences numerous aspects of the organization, including what: a) Products and services will be provided by the business and how those products and services will be designed b) Organizational design and roles will be needed by the organization c) Performance goals should be established for positions throughout the business d) Board committees should be developed (in the case of corporations) e) Resources will be needed to achieve those goals, and consequently, how much money is needed to procure those resources -- ultimately, the goals determine the content of various budgets Two key points to remember while proceeding through this module are: 1) The planning process is at least as important as the planning document itself 2) The planning process is never "done" -- the planning process is a continuous cycle that's part of the management process itself NOTE ABOUT BOARD COMMITTEES: Consider establishing a Board Planning Committee (in the case of corporations) to review and help guide implementation of the information in this learning module.
The Planning Committee might be comprised of chairs from other board committees.
NOTE ABOUT STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS USED IN THIS MODULE: There are many different ways to do strategic planning.