Your organization’s future will be shaped by external factors, many of which are beyond your control.
To make the best possible decisions, it’s important to have a vision of where it is you are trying to take the organization. The vision helps you weigh each decision against a simple question, “What affect will our decision have on us achieving our vision?”
There are a variety of ways this planning can happen. You are no doubt familiar with traditional strategic planning.
Identify the plausible scenarios
You may not be as familiar with scenario planning. While I’ve read about it a long time ago in Peter Schwartz’s, The Art of the Long View, I never had a chance to try it out until just recently. I was part of a two-night “think tank” process charged with imaging plausible futures for the city in which I live.
In addition to providing my input as a city resident, I was also interested in learning more about the process and how I might use a similar approach with my clients.
Here’s a recent story produced by the city that describes the process.
Ready to identify your possible futures?
If planning your organization’s future is on your to-do list, we’d be happy to lend a hand. We can discuss your goals and provide ideas for an approach that will work best for your group.