Is Your Strategic Plan Stuck?

By Sarah Agan

July 2, 2014

Strategic planning is traditionally a highly rational and intellectual process.  It is important business and should be treated as such.  At the same time, many strategic planning processes tend to fall short of the aspirations and expectations leaders and process participants envision, in great part due to the tendency organizations have to omit any creativity and authentic engagement from the process.

Organizations interested in trying a more innovative approach to visioning sessions can engage in facilitated collaging workshops, where participants use magazine images to create a collage that represents their vision for the organization.

A more creative approach provides access to ideas and possibilities that are often left untapped by following more traditional processes. Outcomes of the collaging workshop include creation of a rich inventory of language and ideas that are then translated into more traditional strategic planning documents and structures.

Participants use images to envision a future state.  While each workshop is different the facilitated process includes the following steps:

As the process is facilitated, key ideas and distinctions are captured and can be used to articulate strategic goals, objectives, etc.  Many organizations find this process helps surface implicit values that are made explicit and incorporated as part of the overall strategic planning effort.

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By Sarah Agan

July 2, 2014

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