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January 2003 ~ Topic
You Sure What You Planned To Do Is What You Need To Do?
The New Year is a good time for your board to review the strategic
plan as well as for individual committees to review their action plans.
Not only does this provide a chance to acknowledge and celebrate successes
but, even more important, it is a way to determine if the remaining
goals are still the priorities they appeared to be when the plan was
A plan is a management tool and must reflect the changing internal and
external environment of an organization. Effective organizations are
always working to keep ahead of change rather than becoming mired in
goals that may have been absolutely relevant a while ago but are no
longer as important as they seemed.
One approach to this is to tape as many pieces of flip chart paper around
the room as there are members of the board or committee. Have each member
go to a paper and write what he/she thinks was the most important accomplishment
of the past year. Share these with each other. Have everyone stand and
give themselves a standing ovation for these accomplishments.
Then have each person go back and write what she/he thinks are the most
important challenges for the coming year. Discuss which of these challenges
might need to become priorities for the year. See if they match the
goals you articulated in your planning for the year. If not, discuss
what changes might need to be made in your plan.
A periodic evaluation not only helps a board or committee renew itself
and refocus its energy, it also is a good way to remind it that there
is a plan in place, and that that plan needs to be reexamined on occasion.
If no changes are required, the dedication to the plan is strengthened.
If changes are necessary then the plan will be strengthened. Either
way, the organization will be strengthened.
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Jeanne H. Bradner is
an author, consultant, trainer and speaker on volunteerism, board
development and leadership. She is the author of three publications,
Board Member's Guide, A Beneficial Bestiary and
Leading Volunteers for Results: Building Communities Today.
She served as director
of the Illinois Governor's Office of Voluntary Action, Midwest Regional
Director of ACTION, and Executive Director of the Illinois Commission
on Community Service. She is the volunteer program specialist for
Illinois' Harper College Volunteer Management curriculum.
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