Facilitated strategic planning workshops
Create New Futures
Being strategic about the future or your team or organisation means becoming clear about goals for the future and how to achieve them.
Ditch boring, interminable strategy sessions in favour of a 2- or 3-day participatory planning workshop that is efficient, effective, and, believe it or not, enjoyable!
Why consider strategic planning?
When change looms, it can result in discomfort. When change comes crashing down on an organisation, it can result in challenging transitions, uncertainty, and system breakdowns.
By planning strategically for the future and for change, it is possible to:
- Increase your understanding of risks and opportunities
- Gain insights into how change happened
- Turn uncertainty into excitement
- Increase efficiency and effectiveness
- Ensure that future goals are underpinned by clear and realistic goals that your team believes in!
What sorts of questions does strategic planning answer?
- Where are we now? What’s happening in and our environment that we need to be aware of and respond to?
- How did we get here? What decisions have we made in the past that have resulted in our current situation?
- Where do we want to get to? What’s our vision for the future?
- What’s getting in the way? What obstacles or ways of thinking, doing or being are stopping us from reaching our vision?
- What resources do we already have? What people, processes, products, tools, and other resources already exist that can support us in our journey?
- How can we proceed in spite of obstacles? What strategies can we put in place to move forward, even if it’s not possible to remove all barriers?
- What steps will we take to achieve our vision? Specifically, what actions are needed, who will lead them, and when will they be complete?
How many people need to be involved in strategic planning?
The minimum number of participants is 5-6 people. Typically, groups tend to range from 8-16 people.
If you have a very large group, or want to involve your whole organisation in the process, that’s not a problem. When large groups are involved, we run multiple planning events for smaller groups and then collate the data so that it can be used in decision-making.
How much time do we need?
A typical strategic planning workshop comprises four sessions of at least half-a-day (four hours) each. If you wish to add additional activities to the workshop, for example, a Horizon Scanning exercise, a Research Agenda workshop or a Future World Visioning session, we may need to factor in additional time. Many organisations choose to combine a mission and values review as part of their strategic planning sessions. So budget for at least two days, and maybe more if you have additional requirements.
If you are having a visceral reaction and thinking, “What! Two to three days investing purely on planning?! No one will go for that!”, consider that if you just steam ahead, you may be setting yourself up for poor performance or even failure. Strategic planning allows you to take time to review how your organisation and environment are changing, choose new opportunities and alter course if needed, and define a roadmap for the future you want to create. This takes time.
To help you think about the future, we offer:
- Two-day participatory strategic planning workshops
- Horizon Scanning workshops
- Workshops to help you plan and embed CSR, ESG, and sustainability initiatives
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I wanted to send you a personal note to thank you for all your support and efforts in helping us with this moderation. I admire your flexibility and adaptability to whatever curveballs we end up throwing at you, your ability to spontaneously reshuffle and reconceptualise the sessions, and your upbeat attitude and energy! It is always a pleasure to work with you, and the sessions are always extremely engaging and fruitful.
—Special Assistant to Director, Agency within an Intergovernmental Organisation
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