Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2017 - 53
Cleared for Takeoff!
After a strategic planning retreat, the organization
is "cleared for takeoff." Follow these ideas to
successfully launch and implement the plan.
BY BOB HARRIS, CAE
The planning retreat has
ended. Everyone was enthusiastic about
the new direction and ideas. But as the
planning team returns to their offices,
most forget their commitment to the new
This "checklist" is similar to an airline
pilot's flight plan and pre-flight checklist.
Things have to be done in order and at the
right times to be successful. For instance,
you can't load the passengers but forget
to fuel the plane. Similarly you cannot
create the plan and then forget to align
committees or monitor its progress.
Use the flight plan and schedule to
integrate the strategic plan.
Immediately after the
* Circulate a draft of the plan within 10 to
14 days so leaders can see the results of
their discussions and decisions. When
the plan is still fresh there may be other
good ideas that come to mind.
* Share the plan with staff to enlighten
them about discussions and decisions at
the retreat. This will reduce anxieties about
what the board did and invite their input.
* Present a final draft of the strategic
plan at the next board meeting. Have the
motion approved as the official roadmap
for the organization by a motion of