Association CEOs and Executive Directors: How would your organization benefit if 15 great thinkers (your elected leaders) rallied around a unified vision for your future? One that they could create together, and then occasionally (annually) pause to decide the most efficient and successful way to get there?
The info-drawings below are a summary of the six ways that leadership teams can become more strategic in their thinking; so that strategic planning is not a one or two day event but an on-going skill.
Julia Sloan, in her book Learning to Think Strategically says: “Experts are just human in the end. Experts are led astray not by what they believe, but by how they think.”
Here are six steps to moving your leadership team FROM weed-whackers (too much in the weeds) to the much-needed strategists for your organization:
1. Define your ideal future together – how a mission and vision are different as night and day.
2. Take values from diverse backgrounds and agree on a few that you’ll use to make better decisions.
3. Don’t rely on a small group … involve outsiders along the way.
4. Don’t bury your biggest issues – face them, change them, or agree to live with them.
5. Use data to gauge your progress – and learn to juggle.
6. Get to know your peers – the more you connect with each other, the better.