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Tis the Season to Plan: 3 Strategies for Success

Tis the Season to Plan: 3 Strategies for Success

As we begin the last month of year (if not before), our thoughts usually turn to our goals and objectives, which sometimes take the form of rePlatform Solutions, for the New Year. Just as we identify our personal goals for the coming year, associations might turn their attention to the best approaches for addressing their strategic priorities in 2016.

For many organizations, focusing on upcoming goals typically means making an annual plan. As Forbes.com contributors Bill Fotsch and John Case observe in their recent post, those words—annual plan—can “just drain the energy from the room.” Why? In too many organizations, creating the annual plan is an exclusive activity reserved for senior staff at a retreat instead of an inclusive one that involves stakeholders at all levels. Instead of an exclusive exercise, Fotsch and Case recommend a more “open-book” approach to the planning process that hinges on three best practices:

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Employees Who Think Like CEOs

Employees Who Think Like CEOs

“I wish employees would take more initiative and think about the long-term goals and vision of our organization.” If you find yourself making statements like this this one, it could be that your association doesn’t always provide the kind of environment in which employees feel they comfortable making decisions and taking actions that benefit the organization as a whole.

Of course in most organizations, the CEO or executive director is the ultimate decision maker, and for the sake of consistency, there can only be one of those. By the same token, David Royce, founder and CEO of Alterra, makes some valid points in favor of training all employees to “think and act like CEOs.”

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