Leadership is a potent combination of strategy and character. But it you must be without one, be without strategy.”

 – Norman Schwartzkopf

Strategic Planning

One planning model may not fit all schools.

Leadership Development often requires revisiting your mission and a different approach to Strategic Planning. Today’s ideas about SP are not your dad’s or mom’s Oldsmobile. We might ask you to think about not only Strategic Planning, but also Strategic Action. Ernest Stringer’s latest book “Action Research” describes a strategic process in terms of “LOOK, THINK, ACT.” We like this one because it is simple and flexible and can advance school improvement and professional learning:

  • LOOK: Identify priorities; gather information
  • THINK: Reflect, analyze, explain, interpret
  • ACT: Construct and implement a plan; evaluate the plan once implemented and reshape it by going back to Look, Think, Act.

The Strategic Leader understands and can co-create a vision, direct policy, allocate resources, build consensus and work within the complexities, often chaotic challenges of our schools and communities. A model that helps constituents understand, define and most importantly be a vital part of school renewal and advancing student success is one worth investing in. One planning model may not fit all schools. However, any effective strategic planning involves looking at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT Analysis) of your organization first. We will begin where you are and take you to the next level. Action is critical and we know you need to see results quickly as well as develop a sustainable vision and plan for the future.

Four Tips for Better Strategic Planning
– Harvard Business Review