Effective strategic planning includes voices from all levels of a system. Teams work together to set a vision that is free of jargon and that captures the values and aspirations of those charged with carrying it out. And, care is taken to address key tensions between a powerful vision and the realities of resources and competing priorities in ways that lead to effective, sustainable strategies.
Real strategic plans are created to be used day in and day out to set work direction, allocate resources, make decisions and motivate those involved in implementation. Ensure that your plan is useful rather than a document that sits on a shelf by creating it via collaboration, real data on needs and interests, and a bold yet realistic approach to implementation.
While each project is tailored to the organization’s needs, the process generally includes
- Gathering data from all stakeholders.
- Drafting a vision.
- Setting major goals.
- Limiting initiatives.
- Allocating responsibility for planning and implementation
“As a result of Dr. Kise’s work with our team, we now have a clear roadmap of where we want to go and how to deal with potential roadblocks should they arise. I highly recommend polarity thinking when addressing tough dichotomies that exist in our work. The outcome of this process was a recognition and celebration of all that is good and resulted in more effective practices and a unified team. Thank you, Jane!” —Erin D. Boltik, Ed.S., Director of Gifted Programs and Services
As with many skills-based services, the most straight-forward way to talk about price is with that hated phrase, “it depends.”
For strategic planning, it depends on the scope of the plan and facilitation services, the number of planning sessions, use of survey and other data collection tools, and related leadership development.
The bottom line, though, is meeting your needs. Let’s talk to discern the kind of engagement that will match your goals, make the most of available resources, and foster sustainable change.
Stopping Resistance Before It Starts
Learn how to examine new initiatives, strategies, curriculum and more for polarities—conflicting sets of values that over time need each other. Understand how to “map” the values and fears of various stakeholders. Then, experience how using that information to plan professional development, determine action steps, and identify potential implementation imbalances can channel the energy being lost to resistance and debate into positive energy for moving forward toward common goals. Contact me for information about general workshops or a customized experience focused on specific initiatives and goals.
Books about strategic planning
Unleashing the Positive Power of Differences
All too often, initiatives collapse or solutions simply generate new problems because leaders fail to learn from the concerns of other stakeholders. Through hands-on learning, reflection, and case studies you’ll learn to use polarity thinking—a powerful approach to bridging differences—to shift conversations from conflict to collaboration. Readers will find:
- Ways to recognize polarities, map the positive and negative aspects, and channel energy wasted on disagreement toward a greater common purpose
- Tools for introducing and working with polarities
- Polarity mapping to help leaders improve processes for leading change and creating buy-in