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Is Your Strategic Plan Doing It's Job? Or Sitting on the Shelf?

Mon, September 22, 2014 5:12 PM | Deanna Tharpe (Administrator)
By Deanna Tharpe, DSAIA Executive Director


So, when we send our 13 year old son with Down syndrome off to school each morning, we ask him if he is going to "do his job".  His job is to sit at his desk, listen and work hard on the work given to him by his teachers.  So, as we asked him this morning if he was ready to go to school and "do his job", I was thinking about our upcoming Strategic Planning Work Group Orientation coming up tonight.  I wondered....is everyone's strategic plan doing it's job? I mean, we spend lots of time working on it, building it up and nurturing it through the process (just like we do our son).  Is it doing it's job...or is it sitting on the shelf or in a document file goofing off and not being a productive part of your organization?


And sometimes, we realize that WE have not done our job in preparing him for a certain class or situation. Have we set him up to fail? What about your strategic plan? Have you not spent enough time doing the hard work needed to make it successful? You know, a strategic plan is not created in a day...or even two days. It takes months of hard work and commitment. Hmmm...I'm betting some of you right now are wondering about your 4-hour retreat where you slapped some goals up on a white board, huh? You owe it to your organization and the members it serves to do due diligence on the vision of your organization. 


The Strategic Planning Work Group is a peer group working on REAL strategic plans in REAL time. Yes, that means that this will go on for months.  But it also means that we'll walk you through each aspect of the process, answering questions, reviewing work and giving you the support you need to make a strategic plan that will "do it's job" for your organization. Not sure if it is right for you? Why not join us for the orientation session which is open to all DSAIA members interested in learning more about the work group. There is no commitment needed to attend the first session.  And, if you decide to join the group, there is no charge for you.  It is a benefit of membership. Now, I've got to get back to "doing my job"!  See you tonight, September 22nd at 7 pm Central.  To register, click <a href="https://dsaiaorg.presencehost.net/trainings/event/2014/09/22/strategic-planning-work-group">here</a>.


Can't make it tonight?  Register today and we'll send you the video recording to watch and make sure you are up-to-date if you wish to continue the process with us!

I want to tell you what WONDERFUL time I had at the conference. I learned so much and came away with lots of ideas for our organization. -Barb Waddle, The Upside of Downs of Northeast Ohio

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