BridgeGroup can provide your organization a strategic plan within 24 hours (three, eight hour meetings). Our company has over 20 years of experience building effective strategic plans. So why should I consider a strategic plan for my organization? If you answer yes to all of the following questions, save your money, you do not need a strategic plan.
· Do you know the specific projects that your staff is working on currently?
· Were these projects approved by the Board in partnership with management recommendations?
· Are the projects intended to meet the vision and mission statements for the organization?
· Are the manager and department directors evaluated on these projects?
· Are the projects linked to your community plan, transportation plan, or other major approved planning documents?
Charles Deming, one of the foremost management gurus of the 20th Century exposed the virtues of strategic planning in his motto of Plan, Do, Check. The focus of most management efforts are in the doing things first and very little time is spent in planning and checking to see if the intended results are being achieved. Often the urge to get thing done results in the organization moving from one new idea to another based on whoever has the latest and best idea on how-to improve the organization.
Strategic planning provides a roadmap for organizations to plan their work efforts in a systematic way. This allows for planning of work initiatives based on meeting the vision and mission of the organization.
The strategic plan is a compass that keeps the organization focused on priority projects while also handling the day to day short and long term issues that come up. Without a plan, it is hard for an organization to determine if the work being done is having the desired outcome of improving services and/or organizational effectiveness.
The first step in developing a strategic plan is to decide on an organization vision and mission statement. The second step is to identify the key focus areas for projects. For a city/county these areas may include, Downtown, Economic Development, Neighborhoods, City Organization etc… After the focus areas are determined, a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats Analysis (SWOT) needs to be done under each focus area. The SWOT is followed by identifying projects under each focus area and the outcome measure for each project. The outcome measures assists the Board and staff in determining success for the project.
The strategic plan is a continuous process that is updated by management in partnership with the Board and approved annually by the Board. The plan is linked to the budget, annual work plans for staff and includes outcome measures for each project.
A project focused annual strategic work plan is the backbone of the strategic plan. The annual work plan facilitates the work efforts of staff to be aligned with the direction of the Board, management and budget of the organization.