Dear Expert: Our Board is trying to decide if strategic planning drives organizational change or does organizational change drive strategic planning? Thanks for any insights — Martin

Dear Martin,

Great question!  The fact that your Board is asking this means that you are at the forefront of planning!  In fact, strategic planning can begin with a simple question that arises from a broad range of circumstances.  For example:

  • A new Executive Director has arrived on the scene
  • A major funding source has decided to cease funding a particular program
  • Looking down the road, we need to decide the future of a program where services have either dropped or risen dramatically.

Good practice at many organizations is an annual review of two core questions:

  • Will we continue to do exactly what we are doing in each of our programs or should we cease or expand particular areas?
  • Is there a program we need to initiate to meet a new demand and do we have the core competency to provide this service?

The process by which you address these issues as a Board is less important than the fact that your annually ask these questions!  Keep asking and you will keep planning on the front burner!

Happy questioning,
Anne
Editor, Ask the Experts