Put Your Strategic
Plan to Work!
Action Planning for
Volunteers and Staff
Move from "blue sky" thinking to getting things done!
Get rolling with "hit-the-ground-running" action plans!
Rally volunteers and staff around a focused set of goals!
When to Use
Put Your Strategic Plan to Work
- As the next step, after the strategic planning process, when you want to hit-the-ground-running.
- When momentum and enthusiasm for the plan may have stalled.
- To help incoming board members, volunteers or new staff get up to speed.
- To brainstorm solutions when unexpected obstacles arise.
Delivered in the Format that
Meets Your Association's Needs
Each session is customized specifically for your association. I work closely with you to determine the needs of your board, committee and/or staff. The format is flexible to accommodate your schedule. For example, Put Your Strategic Plan to Work might be:
- Scheduled as a follow-up to your Board's strategic planning session.
- Offered as the basis for a Board or staff retreat.
- Offered as an educational workshop for your chapters or committees.
- Designed as a series of hands-on working sessions for your staff.
What topics are addressed in a session of
Put Your Strategic Plan to Work?
Each session of Implementing Your Strategic Plan addresses the three challenges an association typically faces when implementing its strategic plan:
Participants dive into the in hands-on creation of hit-the- ground-running action plans. This includes:
Identifying crucial steps: The key actions that must be taken in the coming months or year.
Overcoming obstacles: Determine what issues are most likely to derail implementation of the plan; utilize problem-solving techniques to overcome those obstacles.
Defining task assignments: Determine who does what by when. This helps to ensure accountability.
Developing clear, understandable measurements: To ensure the plan stays on track and everyone agrees how to monitor progress.
Between Board and Staff
This section covers three topics:
Defining roles and responsibilities for volunteers and staff: To overcome the common problem that results when there is a lack of clear role delineation between board and staff.
Communicating the plan: An ongoing, internal marketing campaign to promote the strategic plan ensures that volunteers, members and staff are fully educated about the strategy.
Leadership styles and buy-in: Putting your strategic plan to work requires that members, volunteers and staff have "buy-in." To help in this challenging area of leadership, the session reviews the most effective leadership styles (visionary, democratic and affiliative) and practical ways to apply these to your association's situation.
Allocate Your Resources Productively
This segment addresses two critical questions:
Allocation: During the coming year, what is the most productive way to allocate our association's limited resources? What will give us the most bang for the buck?
Leveraging: Are there creative strategies we can utilize to achieve maximum leverage from our limited resources?
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© 2005 Allen Liff