This is a monthly electronic magazine for anyone who wants to be a better leader, coach, facilitator, or simply, to tune up their people skills. It is a complimentary publication, devoted to the next evolution of Quality Thinking.
Publisher: © Key Associates, LLC, 2005 ISSN # 1545-8873
“The voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new vistas but in having new eyes.” — Anonymous
“Plan or be planned for.” — Ghetto graffiti
“Be of good cheer. Do not think of today’s failures, but of the success that may come tomorrow. You have set yourself a difficult task, but you will succeed if you persevere; and you will find joy in overcoming obstacles.” — Helen Keller
“Plans are made to be broken.” — Folk Wisdom
For too long, the “strategic plan” has been the purview of the corporate planner who produces the tome that resides on the shelf. We live in an environment too unstable to establish long-term plans. Our viability, as people and as organizations, depends on how quickly we can learn, adapt and create. Soften, loosen up the process of strategy-making. Begin to think in terms of capacity to create structures that fit the moment – spontaneously emerging, renewing organizations (a la Margaret Wheatley). Organizations can exist in sucha fluid fashion if they have access to new information,can constantly process data and make adjustments,but not lose sight of their enduring sense of purpose, vision and values – as governing ideas. Dream up a future with your constituents and live it now. As designer, you are the keeper of the future visioning and the learning processes.
Why not focus on something you can bring under your control? Start in the future you want and design it backwards to your present, Ackoff suggests.
Newsletter and courses on strategic thinking from Haines Center: Free Strategic Management Insights Newsletter.
Key Associates offers large group strategic planning retreats: Future Search Conferences.
On-line business advice, including free articles: Online Business Advisor.
FAQs on strategic planning: Alliance for Nonprofit Management Resource Library.
Do-it-yourself virtual strategic planning process: MyStrategicPlan
Electronic brainstorming to reduce reams of flipcharts: Audience Response Solutions.
An international group of facilitators who focus exclusively on strategic planning: Meeting Facilitators International.
Books are linked to Amazon.com descriptions.
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