The Role of the Board in Strategic Planning

The Role of the Board in Strategic Planning

The final post in this series addresses another sacred cow. Over the course of my 34 year professional nonprofit career, I have constantly heard “it’s the Board’s job to design the strategic plan.” It’s time to rethink this and get clarity about the Board’s role...
If not a SWOT, then what?

If not a SWOT, then what?

In the last blog, I challenged the usefulness of a SWOT analysis. However, there are some really useful tools that can be alternatives to a SWOT analysis. These ideas are really designed for organizations to create more insightful, responsive strategies by surfacing...
No More SWOT Analysis

No More SWOT Analysis

Yep. It is time to tackle one of the sacred cows associated with strategic planning, the SWOT Analysis. You know the exercise. It is done in a board/staff retreat at the beginning of a strategic planning process. A facilitator draws a two-by-two matrix and labels each...
Evaluators to the Front

Evaluators to the Front

So far in this series focusing on strategic planning, we have discussed the nature of the world we live in and talked about the VUCA environment. We have shared the importance of an organization defining values and associated behaviors. The next important thing to...