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Category Archives: Managing Indigenous Organisations

Why Strategic Plans Fail

Most Indigenous organisations have been through a strategic planning process at some time in their history. Well run Indigenous organisations will repeat a strategic planning process once every 3 to 5 years. Strategic plans are important tools in the governance, growth and direction of an organisation. You should have an overall "strategic" helicopter view of where you want to go and how you get there, backed up by the more "on the ground" business plans that tackle detail of the strategies over a shorter time period. They establish strategic direction so that everyone pulls in the same direction and day to day decisions become easier (does it help us in our strategy to get to the desired end-point?). However most readers will say that in their experience, many if not most strategic plans haven't been followed - they have not been implemented. Why is that? Why go through an expensive and time-consuming exercise only to let it slide? (more…)...
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