When it comes to strategic planning, there is no question as to if your association needs one. Every organization should have a strategic plan, complete with a planning session that is not just four hours of an already-planned board meeting. Our leaders explained the importance of a strategic plan and why it’s necessary and have summarized the top five reasons that your fiscal year cannot start without one.
Boats aren’t the only thing that are being “a boarded” this season. Summer doesn’t stop associations from thinking forward to the next fiscal year. Many are preparing for their new board members to take their positions and begin their planning for the future of their organization. As this process starts, many ask what do new board members need to know? How can they be effectively and efficiently onboarded? Several of the TMG leadership team weighed in and provided what has worked best for their organizations.
The topic of strategic planning is one that is (at least it should be) at top of mind for all associations and their leaders. Strategic planning is defined as a systematic process of envisioning the future of an association, organization or company, and then in-turn, translating the vision into broadly defined goals or objectives with a plan and steps to achieve them.
We have all been there. Hour 3 of an all-day strategic planning board meeting, cell phones come out, and Facebook seems to pop up on a few laptops. The focus shifts from the strategic discussion as a few individuals are diving into the weeds to talk about what cheese we are planning to have at the reception. With all these distractions, it can be difficult to keep everyone focused and on task. How did we get here and how do we get out?