Strategic Agility: Moving from Strategic Planning to Strategic Thinking

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Strategic Agility: Moving from Strategic Planning to Strategic Thinking. Break for Lunch May 13, 2010. Workshop Objectives. What is meant by strategic thinking & agility How does an organization develop a strategic mindset? Some tools that may help Barriers to success - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Strategic Agility:Moving from Strategic Planning to Strategic Thinking

    Break for Lunch May 13, 2010

  • Workshop Objectives

    What is meant by strategic thinking & agility

    How does an organization develop a strategic mindset?

    Some tools that may help

    Barriers to success

    How did they do it? Conservation Resource Alliance

    Questions

  • What isStrategic Thinking

    Culture that is open to dialogue & consideration of the possibilitiesIs a way of life- not a one time eventInvolves posing & pondering important questionsRequires acceptance from the group that the discussion may not have an immediate solution but is still crucial to successIs worthy of a leadership timeRequires the boards engagement

  • Why is itimportant for nonprofits?

    Circumstances and the environment are going to change in unpredictable waysSpeed of execution is often essentialNeed to get comfortable with changePositions organization to seize opportunitiesPrevents conflict

  • What isa Strategic Thinking

    Moving from

    Yearly objectivesVision

    Annual budget3 to 5 year financial plan

    Programs/ servicesPartnerships/Strategic Alliances

    ManagementLeadership

  • Characteristics of a Strategic Thinker

    Someone without too many preconceived ideas; open mindedImaginativeRisk-takerTeam builderDoes not complain about what is wrong today but is aware of the needs of the futureLooks at strengths not weaknesses of organizationThinks comprehensively not departmentallyGives equal weight to all program areas not just financialLooks for and thinks in terms of opportunitiesFeels comfortable with a compass not a roadmapCreates a climate for creative thinking

  • What is Strategic Agility?

    The ability to sense and take advantage of opportunities by planning and executing far reaching business changes swiftly and effectively as needed.

  • What is Strategic Agility?

    The ability to constantly respond to changing environment & opportunities; adapt and adjust strategic direction

    Ability to increase capabilities quickly

  • How does an organization develop a strategic mindset?

    Creates opportunities for strategic discussions Learns togetherGets to know and trust members of the teamAcknowledges the value of diverse styles and perspectivesWorks at being comfortable with ambiguity, discussion and debate

  • How does an organization develop a strategic mindset?

    Eliminate cynicism; avoid looking for negativeHumorRead, observe, remain alertHire or work with strategic thinkersStop spending time on mundane or unnecessaryPut strategic thinking into job descriptions, performance appraisals

  • Some tools

    Consent agendaLeadership style assessmentsScenario planningContingency budgetGround rulesDecision matrixBalanced scorecardDashboard reportPartnerships/ alliances

  • Barriers to Strategic Thinking & AgilityToo many prioritiesInadequate information flowCentral command and controlDenial, nostalgia, and arrogancePoor talent management practicesLack of a systems thinking approachThe power sits within functional silosRunning the nonprofit on an annual cadenceInability to reprioritize resources when neededExtensive job description/competencies complex

  • How didthey do it?

    The Conservation Resource Alliance Story

  • Resources that will assist you www.northskynonprofitnetwork.orgwww.boardsource.org www.independentsector.orgwww.boardcafe.org

  • Thank You

    Contact NorthSky at:231.929.3934

    Pam Evans231.929.3934, x 208pevans@northskynonprofitnetwork.org

    Special Thank you to:

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