Strategic Planning and Management Insights

Why is Frequent Strategic Planning Important for Non-Profits? Interview with Cecilia Reyes of the David Suzuki Foundation

[fa icon="calendar'] June 21 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Strategic planning, organizational development, nonprofit

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Cecilia Reyes, the planning and operations manager at the David Suzuki Foundation, joined us to chat about the importance of strategic planning in the non-profit sector. The David Suzuki Foundation is a Canadian non-profit organization with a head office in Vancouver, and satellite offices in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. Understanding the importance of a well executed strategy for non-profit organizations, especially fairly large ones like the David Suzuki Foundation, Cecilia recently led a strategic planning process to help guide the team and the organization over the next two years. 
Creating a strategic plan? Download our starter kit today!We asked Cecilia to speak to some of her best practices for leading strategy and teams. She shared valuable insights around: 

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How to use values to change behaviour

[fa icon="calendar'] November 21 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Change management, culture, organizational development

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As a leader you want your people (i.e. employees, co-workers) to be on the same page and all moving in the same direction. That's why as part of your strategic plan, you took the time to outline your vision, mission and objectives to make sure everyone KNEW where the organization was trying to go.
 
Through that process did you ever find there was resistance to the plan, or that people didn't know what they should be doing on a day to day basis to move forward on this new vision? Or worse, did they just do the same things they did before your strategic planning session and you feel like the time and money you spent were a waste?
 
Getting people on board with your plan is easier said than done. Including your team early on in the process can greatly help increase employee buy-in and follow through as they will understand the organizational values much better. 
 
One tool that we feel is underused in the manager's toolbox is the power of setting the values of the organization.
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