Purpose and strategy provide leaders and teams with a means of connecting their work, and efforts, with something much larger than themselves. It is a powerful tool to engage at every level, and with every aspect of an organisation, for your future success, sustainability, and growth.
A well-developed, considered, and implemented strategy, will give your employees better direction, your leadership a clear purpose, and your stakeholders enhanced confidence.
Almost every organisation is doing good work, though the question is are we doing the right work, in the right way, and with the right tools? A strategy harnesses and directs an organisation’s capabilities and resources to achieve goals that will have the greatest impact on the business, and those the business serves.
Strategy Development – clarifying, reviewing, or developing your organisation’s Purpose/Vision, Mission, Values, and Priority Deliverables
Business Plan Development – working with executive and leadership teams to clarify outcomes, and build achievable plans to deliver exceptional results
Board Appraisals – a formal appraisal of how a Board is collaborating and delivering, with tailored approaches on where and how to improve
Governance Reviews and Coaching – getting the best out of your Directors / Trustees – for both aspiring and experienced practitioners
Culture Development – working with Directors and Executive / Leadership teams on the culture of their organisation, to create sustainable high-performance where people feel as though they belong
Clear Direction – Strategic planning helps establish a clear direction and purpose for the organisation. For the Board, it defines the vision/purpose, mission, and long-term goals, providing a roadmap for success with clear priorities for management to deliver.
Goal Alignment – It makes sure that every person, in every team within the organisation, is aligned with common objectives and how to deliver them. This unity enhances collaboration, minimises conflicts, and maximises efficiency.
Resource Allocation – Strategic planning helps leaders to make decisions on where to allocate resources more effectively – now, and into the future. By identifying priorities and aligning resources accordingly, you can optimise delivery which leads to better utilisation, income generation, and cost management.
Risk Mitigation – Through the strategic planning process, organisational leaders identify potential risks and challenges in advance. This allows for the development of proactive measures to mitigate risks, adapt to changes, and seize opportunities!
Improved Decision-Making – Strategic planning provides a framework for informed, collaborative, and consistent decision-making. It enables organisational leaders to evaluate options, consider long-term implications, and deliver choices that align with the overall strategic direction.
Enhanced Performance Monitoring – With defined goals and performance indicators, strategic planning facilitates the effective monitoring and evaluation of progress. It allows organisational leaders to anticipate and track their performance, identify gaps, and make necessary adjustments in real time.
Adaptability to Change – Strategy equips organisations with the ability to more readily adapt to external changes, such as shifts in market conditions or emerging trends. It enables leaders to stay agile and responsive, maintain a competitive edge, and be proactive with teams to be prepared for change.
Stakeholder Engagement – Strategic planning engages stakeholders at various levels, fostering communication, collaboration, and buy-in to a future they can see themselves in! It enhances relationships with employees, customers, partners, and investors, promoting a shared sense of purpose that galvanises and extends company culture.
Innovation and Growth – By fostering a forward-thinking mindset, strategic planning encourages innovation and the exploration of new opportunities. It provides a framework for pursuing growth initiatives and staying ahead in a dynamic and ever-changing business environment.
Organisational Alignment – Strategic planning promotes alignment across all functions and teams within an organisation. It enhances coordination, breaks down silos, and fosters a unified approach to achieving common objectives.
The power of strategy to give direction and meaning to every individual and stakeholder is immense. If your organisation is ready to experience the benefit of a collaborative strategic development initiative, make the move now – get in touch with us and see what our partnership can do for you.
Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now! – Alan Lakein
A large, national organisation with regional centres was doing good work for people within communities. One region had the best programme. Another had the most financial success. Another region had the most members. And another had the best satisfaction and outcomes. The biggest problem they had – they didn’t share successes and were all going off in their own direction. They thought they were successful; and to a certain extent, they were! The organisation was growing and communities acknowledge the good work this organisation did. The lesson they were about to learn: how to turn one success into many.
After going through a fully-inclusive and facilitated strategic planning process, representatives and leaders agreed to focus on four strategic priorities – programmes, financial sustainability, membership, and outcomes. Collectively, they developed a strategy and collaborated on implementation plans.
An organisation that communicated and shared best practice. Not only did it improve the culture of more than 22,000 members, the region that was the best at programmes, mentored other regional leaders on how they achieved their success. They now had 5 regions, instead of one, who were effectively delivering the award-winning programme. The same successes went for finances, membership growth, and outcomes.