Strategic Planning

How we approach strategic planning:

There are almost as many strategic planning frameworks as there are strategic plans. But we have our favorites. In creating a process with you, we might suggest using best practices from thought-provoking frameworks such as:

Emergent Strategy

Inspired by Octavia Butler’s explorations of our human relationship to change, Emergent Strategy is adrienne maree brown’s framework for inviting us to feel, map, assess, and learn from the swirling patterns around us in order to better understand and influence them as they happen. adrienne’s approach may be useful for teams who want to prepare for, and continuously adapt to, a quickly changing world and community.

Good To Great

I have referred back dozens of times to Jim Collins’ classic business book, Good To Great, and I have personal experience in getting “the flywheel” moving in new and old programs. It is not easy to move that flywheel, but Good To Great, offers some widely-tested do’s and don’ts for practitioners and leaders looking to grow their organization.

Generative Networks

Plastrik, Taylor and Cleveland offer an insightful approach to decoding complicated problems with their book Connecting to Change The World. Studying the role of networks in social and environmental change, they draw some lessons learned from around the country that can help you scale up or expand into new communities or sectors.

Change Management

Sometimes your non-profit’s biggest challenges are internal. Good plans and partnerships might not achieve much if your teams are not evolving and changing how and what they do. John Kotter’s famous Eight Stage Process of Creating Major Change, as published in the Harvard Business Review and his book Leading Change, is a widely-used approach to transform your organization, especially if things feel “stuck.”

Again, just as no organization is identical, neither are strategic conversations about you and your organization. Click the “Contact Us” tab above to start the discussion about your needs and challenges. No matter the situation, we promise you will learn about yourself and your community.