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Culture Trumps Strategic Planning

Posted by Jay Dziwlik, MBA, CAE on May 31, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Strategic planning is critical to every association, but many strategic plans have a fatal flaw even before they get put on paper, before the first SWOT analysis and even before the expensive facilitator has coached you toward a plan. The fatal flaw is the culture of the association. You know culture, like norms and values of the association: the way an association works every day.

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What Do You Call Strategic Planning

Posted by Jay Dziwlik, MBA, CAE on May 24, 2017 12:00:00 PM

In a house with teenagers, the words “whatever” and “like” come up more often than the ghosts of my English teachers would prefer. But have you noticed that every association and board of directors seems to have its favorite terms and phrases? I think this is especially true in strategic planning.

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How to Sabotage Your Strategic Plan

Posted by Jay Dziwlik, MBA, CAE on May 17, 2017 12:00:00 PM

You are an evil mastermind who is hell bent on the total and complete destruction of your association’s strategic plan. So what are your steps to sabotage your strategic plan?

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Strategic Planning with Different Types of Leaders

Posted by Kayla Jenkins on May 10, 2017 12:00:00 PM

Working with various leadership styles in general is challenging but especially so during the strategic planning process. When building a solid strategic plan, it’s imperative that everyone is on the same page and all voices are heard. When you factor in these differences in leading and communication styles, this can sometimes (further) complicate the strategic planning process. Understanding the different types of leadership styles can combat the typical strategic planning woes and help you get the most out of your strategic planning sessions. Here are the three most common leadership types you’ll encounter during the strategic planning process and how to work with them.

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My First Experience with Strategic Planning

Posted by Kayla Jenkins on May 3, 2017 12:00:00 PM

As a newly minted association professional, a phrase I often hear is strategic planning but until recently, I had no idea what that process was and why it is such an integral part of my association’s success. Many meetings and lots of research later, I have a much better understanding of the process and how the strategic plan can be utilized to bring an association’s vision to life. Here’s what I learned.

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