Strategic Planning. Strategic Learning.
Strategic Planning is the process an organization uses to define its strategy, or direction, and make decisions on allocating resources to pursue this strategy. While strategy has many definitions, organizations must look to their mission and vision to set goals, determine actions to achieve the goals, and mobilize resources to execute the actions.
Plaid’s Strategic Planning process includes inputs, activities, and outputs that are iterative, with feedback loops throughout the process. Incorporated within this process is a diagnosis of the environment and competitive situation in which the organization exists, a guiding policy on what the organization intends to accomplish and key initiatives or action plans for achieving the guiding policy.
Through Strategic Planning, Plaid offers organizations the opportunity to:
- Find an ideal future vision for the organization by clearly defining its purpose and principles.
- Identify the gap between the vision and the current reality and direction of the organization.
- Developing strategies and action steps to close the gap and move the organization toward the organizational vision.
- Establish realistic goals and objectives that are specific to the organization’s overall mission. In addition to creating a system of measuring progress, organizations will also establish timelines and group responsibilities.
- Learn methods of communicating the plan to stakeholders and best practices for motivating all parties. Effective communication creates a standard of accountability and ownership of the plan.
- Bridge staff and board of directors to ensure the most effective use is made of the organization’s resources.
Plaid offers professional strategic planning consultation for groups including but not limited to:
- Executive Boards
- Boards of Directors
- Foundation Trustees
- Non-Profit Organizations
- Individual Chapters & Executive Officers
- Educational Institutions & Divisions
- IFC/NPC/NPHC/Multicultural Boards
- Student Government Associations