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Confusing Goals and Purpose

I was recently reviewing a non-profit’s strategic plan and came away a bit puzzled. Everything was in order – sort of – but possibly too much so. How can that be? Too many words.

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Whatever… However…

I think we’re all familiar with teenagers who roll their eyes and say “whatever…” when they think you’ve said something totally irrelevant. In the grown-up world much the same thing happens, but it might better be spoken as “however…” Let … Continue reading

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Vision. Then what?

As much as the word vision causes a certain rolling of the eyes, it almost inevitably becomes a requirement that an organization can’t avoid. If there isn’t some sense – renewed periodically – that everyone knows what the ultimate goal is, … Continue reading

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The Start of Another Year

So. Another year. If, by chance, you haven’t already established your strategic plan for 2013, now’s a good time to jump in and get it done before you’re completely swamped with day-to-day activities.

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Benchmarking – good or bad?

Many organizations pay some degree of lip service to benchmarking but there’s often a kind of half-hearted approach to it. Either it’s seen as an important-but-not-urgent activity or there are a million reasons why the internal and external numbers can’t … Continue reading

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It’s the Balance, Stupid

I keep hearing debates about whether organizations should focus primarily on shareholders; or customers; or processes; or people; or something else. They’re pretty animated and pretty opinionated. Which is good, I guess. I think they’re misguided. Well, put another way: … Continue reading

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Mid-year: Strategic Plans and Building Budgets

Like many organizations, you’re probably gearing up for the budget-build exercise for 2012. Seem early? Maybe, maybe not. There is typically a kind of approach that goes something like: first-cut bottom-up first-cut top-down second-cut bottom-up second-cut top-down What does this … Continue reading

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Can’t See The Forest For The Trees?

A classic scenario presents itself at many – most? – strategic planning exercises. You’ll likely recognize this. Once the high-level vision and mission is established, and possibly dusty, the annual set of strategic objectives are set. They may be called … Continue reading

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Feedback from a Conference Session

A few days ago, I delivered an overview of the process of strategic planning and execution. It was at a professional day session at Pacific Contact, an annual conference for members of organizations in the performing arts sector, organized by … Continue reading

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Strategic Planning: An Empty Exercise?

People seem to talk constantly about the need for making strategic decisions but at the same time think that strategic planning has dubious value.

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