A plan that is truly strategic
A strategic plan is not an annual work-plan, although your work-plan should flow out of the strategic plan. Strategic plans have a longer time horizon, looking out into the future two, three, or even as many as five years to determine where you want to be and what you want to accomplish.
At the end of a successful strategic planning process, all those involved should be able to say: “We know what we want to accomplish together and how we are going to get there, and we have a framework for making choices.” Along the way you are likely to make some tough decisions about what the organization should and should not be doing. You will also develop multi-year strategies—grounded in reality and responsive to your environment—that are supported by your organization’s resources and unique strengths.
Ultimately, your strategic plan should guide the development of your annual action planning process, including the development of work-plans that include specific and measurable objectives linked to your budget and resources.