Strategic Planning That Won’t Sit on Your Shelf: A Management Protocol

Oh no. Strategic planning. There goes my weekend, there goes my year! And for what? A big, glossy report that will just sit there on the shelf until some mumbo jumbo consultant bothers us about this again in another 3-5 years. We’ve got REAL work to do!

You’ve surely heard (or felt!) some version of this stereotype. Like most stereotypes, it is sometimes true. So be aware of the risk, anticipate it, acknowledge it, and be proactive. 

The material value of strategic planning is a topic for another blog post, but here is a nice little tool to help prevent the “it’ll just sit there on a shelf” fear. It’s called a Management Protocol

This boiler plate protocol can be adapted to the particular setup of your organization, and it can be formally adopted by your board alongside your final strategic plan. The protocol will help keep you on track, concerted, and accountable. And it may quell grouchy stakeholders!

Written by Aron Goldman. Aron is a Mentor with JCamp 180. Aron’s focus areas at JCamp 180 include camper enrollment, recruitment, and retention. He also directs our year-long Enrollment Program. Aron also has experience working as a consultant with grassroots, regional, national, and international organizations in the areas of capacity-building, strategy, and systemic change.

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