In this special episode of the strategy and leadership podcast, we were joined by Ruth Nicholson, an IAF certified professional facilitator, and the founder of Go Governance and Operations Resources for Youth Sports, and is a partner of SME Strategy. She has been facilitating for over 25 years, starting out in the science and technology field, and has branched out to work with a variety of sectors. She has also served as a mediator for large groups discussing complex topics like nuclear waste clean-up and endangered species conservation.
We’ve discussed the importance of having a strategic plan and how it can help your organization, but more important than having a plan is going through the planning process. From the initial questions to ask your team, during the meeting, and througout implementation, it’s crucial that your entire team is onboard and aligned on the organization’s strategy.
Join us on August 15th at 1pm EST/ 10 am PST for a webinar where we will go over the benefits to you and your organization to use a facilitator for your upcoming strategy meeting.
In this interview, I chatted with Charles Jessup, who is an internal facilitator for an Oil and Gas company in Texas. On a daily basis, Charles leads and facilitates meetings, workshops and events for internal managers and leaders within the company, looking to improve their side of the organization. By working with a facilitator, these managers gain a variety of benefits such as:
Strategic planning facilitation is when an outside facilitator is hired to work with an organization and the strategic planning meeting (and to possibly assist with implementation coaching).
Developing your team , creating your strategic plan, and building your culture are all moving targets. There’s no "final result", but rather endless opportunities for growth and development, and benchmarks to measure success along the way.
As your organization grows both in size and in complexity and as your staff changes over and your strategic priories evolve, you and your team will be required to adjust how you approach your strategy and people development.
Like any investment in your business, there are costs to organizing a strategic planning session or hiring a strategic planning consultant to facilitate the process. We've put together guidelines to help you plan and budget your strategic planning session: