Strategic Planning for Associations and Not-For-Profit Organizations
By Ron Knowles, FCMC and Helen Hayward, CMC
Strategic planning has come of age. It is now the fundamental tool and resource not-for-profit Boards use to direct and control their organizations. It also provides Chief Staff Officers with the essential means to lead and manage their associations—both large and small.
A broader acceptance of strategic planning has occurred because it is useful to Boards and staff in many ways. There is a greater familiarity with the fundamental methods, language and tools of strategic planning and, as a result, a broader appreciation of its value and importance as a management tool. In the association world, almost everyone has participated in a strategic planning workshop, defined a mission, articulated a vision or selected a set of key strategic directions. Although there may be growing fatigue with some of these methodologies—e.g., writing mission statements—a good strategic plan is now a basic expectation of Boards and a valued management tool for many Executive Directors.
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- Challenges and Trends
- Strategic Planning Methodology
- Building Blocks to Develop a Strategic Plan
- Risk Management
- Strategic Planning Workshop
- Drafting the Strategic Plan
- Using Planning Models Effectively
- Develop Measurable Indicators of Success
- Operationalize the Strategic Plan
- Transforming Strategies into Action
- Planning Workshop Agenda