Strategic Planning

“Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”
“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,” said the Cat.
“I don’t much care where–” said Alice.
“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go,” said the Cat.
“–so long as I get SOMEWHERE,” Alice added as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” said the Cat, “if you only walk long enough.”
-Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

When facilitated with skill and experience, strategic planning is a productive, collaborative process where participants contribute to the sustainable success of an organization. At the Circle Center, our experienced facilitators know that Strategic Planning is most effective when it:

  • Creates internal commitment and accountability among team members and participants;
  • Maximizes input and contribution from key stakeholders in your organization and community;
  • Provides a clear and concise plan for addressing current and foreseeable challenges and opportunities while also maximizing the strengths and resources of your organization;
  • Addresses future commitment outages and unforeseen issues so that your plan is durable and will stand the test of time;
  • Navigates the common and predictable pitfalls of improper strategic planning; and,
  • Builds trust and collaborative capital among team members and participants fostering more teamwork, better feedback and a greater likelihood that important issues will be raised and adjustments will be made should the plan and your future success require it.

Consider the following truths about Strategic Planning in successful organizations.

Strategic plans must be facilitated professionally and realistically.

Only meaningful, honest dialogue and productive wrestling with the difficult, relevant issues can produce effective strategic plans for an organization. The key is to facilitate the process properly and professionally. Otherwise, the developed plan is just an inconsequential document, destined to get filed away without ever providing the support and guidance it promised.  The Circle Center will work with you to ensure that you have the right people and information in the room needed to create your next strategic plan. Our skilled facilitators will help your participants lean into a rigorous and productive process while also finding a connectedness to others and a commitment to the plan itself.

Epic fails result from epic failures to plan.

As Benjamin Franklin famously noted, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Throughout history, there are many accounts of businesses, ventures, organizations and communities that have met their demise due to failure to properly plan for the future.
These stories provide a laundry list of reasons why proper Strategic Planning is so crucial.

Perhaps it was a lack of trust, skill and commitment among participants that caused the epic failures of so many famous organizations. Or maybe the combination of communication outages and a marked inability to raise the difficult and perplexing issues brought about their downfall.

Whatever the reason, it is apparent that these organizations, like yours, would have benefited from skillful and wholehearted Strategic Planning. Commitment-promoting planning yields goals that are simultaneously realistic and inspirational while also enrolling the key people and resources needed to ensure the staying power of the plan.

Quality and clear plans support quality and confident cultures.

Consider the following saying:

“A task without a vision is just a job.  A vision without a task is just a dream.  A vision with a task can change the world.”

Don’t spend your valuable time and resources on a strategic plan process just to cross it off your proverbial “to-do” list.  Going through the motions on this important activity leaves the organization vulnerable to the changing winds of the marketplace. And just as important, it can engender a lack of authenticity and genuineness in your organization’s culture.

Contact the Circle Center today to find out more about our Strategic Planning facilitation services and how you can use this important process to ensure the clear and confident future of your organization.