I was asked recently by an Executive Director of another nonprofit organization what I thought was the key to strategic planning in nonprofit organizations?
He was visiting ChildServe to learn about how we have used strategic planning to systematically expand the impact of the mission between 1992 and 2010 from 125 children with special health care needs to more than 2,000.
I pondered a minute and thought about how I could answer his question.This is what I said;
“As the CEO, you have to make Strategic Planning personal…Make the strategic plan yours…commit to it…own it… live it. If you don’t own the strategic plan, it will just sit on the shelf”.
By making it personal you will avoid the biggest complaint about strategic plans…the plan just sits on the shelf…collecting dust.
As the board chair or chief executive, fill-in the missing piece. Own the plan and change the trajectory of of your nonprofit organization and make a difference in your community!