If Strategic Planning with your Board of Directors feels like “herding cats” then we should talk

Executive Directors and board members from non-profit organizations around the country share with me that strategic planning can be one of their most frustrating processes, for the following reasons:

  • Getting the board to agree on strategy can feel like herding cats. As one board member shared, “If we have 12 board members, that means there are 24 opinions on every issue.”
  • The strategic planning process results in too many ideas and priorities, so that the organization tries to do too much and spreads itself thin.
  • After the board ratifies the strategy, the organization doesn’t have the bandwidth to execute it, and so the strategy sits on shelf.

Strategy doesn’t have to be stressful. You can get your board aligned and in agreement about your organization’s strategy. You can set up accountability structures so that your team implements the strategic plan. And you can do all of this while building your board’s capacity to be stewards of your mission and vision. The Center for Sustainable Strategies provides you with a complete three-part strategic planning and accountability process that gets everyone on the same page and allows you to:

  • Answer the most important strategic questions to set your non-profit up for realization of its mission;
  • Choose only the right number of priorities required for success, and
  • Put in place accountability and a structure to make sure that your strategy actually gets implemented!

The process gives everyone in your organization a common language for talking about strategy, so that everyone is included and can contribute. It draws on the knowledge and expertise of your employees and board members. It is efficient; most non-profits complete the process via a series of one to three facilitated meetings, depending on your needs. Perhaps best of all, the process doesn’t require unnecessary conflict, confusion, or stress. It uses straightforward language without jargon, and bakes in accountability and results from start to finish. To learn more, download our Strategic Assessment by clicking here or contact us at or contact us at (970) 387-8935 or email Christina at Christina@sustainable-leaders.com.

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