Director’s Notes: Planning

Director’s Notes: Planning

by Jill Ryan

Planning for the future is one of the most important and inspiring things you can do for the health of your organization. Just as we plan for growth in our communities, make plans for our personal goals, and plan for our financial future, we can see great benefits from planning organizationally.

While I have heard all of the standard objections to planning (takes too much time, is boring, doesn’t get utilized, is constraining), I believe that a well-crafted planning process that takes into account the circumstances of your individual organization, its niche, and the people involved, can help reinvigorate the work by bringing people together to clarify and develop goals, strategies and action steps.

Although I certainly understand the pressures of the daily to do list and the emergency nature of some of our work, I hope you will find time to create a good plan for moving your organization forward and for utilizing the plan once it is created. GLAHNF is currently undertaking such a planning process, and I can tell you we are already seeing some real benefits while we are still in the midst of the process. Communications improve, minds come together creatively, and solutions are created.

“Good plans shape good decisions. That’s why good planning helps to make elusive dreams come true. ” Lester R. Bittel


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