Insights from Starboard: Strategic Planning

We are happy to share what we learn, and we do this as workshop instructors, by developing curriculum for the Maine Association of Nonprofits and individual clients, and by offering advice on our Starboard blog. Take a look. You just might find the guidance you need!

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Times like these require a plan!

In times of uncertainty, organizations and their leaders can choose to wait and see what happens next (and hope for the best), or they can choose to chart a course for the future. Just as a frightened animal will freeze in the road as a car approaches, our fear and our uncertainty about which way …
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Translating the Strategic Plan into an Action Plan

After investing significant amounts of time and money developing a strategic plan, nonprofits often struggle with “operationalizing” their plans, squandering opportunities the planning process has created and rendering a low return on the time and resources they’ve invested. In order to successfully turn your strategies into actions, think of the plan as a multi-layered process …
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Start Your CEO Succession Planning with an Easy Conversation

While most nonprofit board members appreciate that one of their core responsibilities is, as they often put it, to “hire and fire” the chief executive, they usually work very hard to avoid doing either. Leadership transitions can be traumatic moments for organizations, especially if they aren’t carefully planned. Yet, when I ask board members if …
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Strategic Plans Benefit from Value Statements

In the strategic planning work we do at Starboard Leadership Consulting, it is not unusual for us to engage in discussions about organizational values. While the mission succinctly tells people who you are and why you are in business, value statements describe what you care about, how you treat people, and what you value most. …
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The Difference Between Strategic Planning and Annual Planning

For years we’ve been telling anyone who will listen “Not having a strategic plan is like trying to sail without a rudder.” Without a strategic plan, you are at the mercy of the changing winds with little control over how far you’ll drift or where you’ll end up. Of course, while there are lots more …
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The difference between “mission” and “vision” statements

Over the years, we’ve seen well-intentioned people cause strategic planning sessions to grind to a halt over personal definitions of “mission” and “vision.” Recently we even ran into an organization that has swapped the term “mission” for “organizational purpose.” Somehow the words and concepts have become jumbled, and the result is that way too much …
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