The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution: Real-Time Strategic Planning in a Rapid-Response World
Manage opportunities and challenges quickly—and strategically
The fact is, the world changes continuously and rapidly. It’s foolhardy to believe that strategies should not do so as well. Nonprofit leaders already know this, but traditional strategic planning has locked them into a process that’s divorced from today’s reality. That’s why plans sit on the shelf and why smart executives are always seeking workarounds in between planning periods.
The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution offers a nimble and powerful alternative. In this ground-breaking book, strategy expert David La Piana introduces “Real-Time Strategic Planning,” a fluid, organic process that engages staff and board in a program of systematic readiness and continuous responsiveness. With it, your nonprofit will be able to identify, understand, and act on challenges and opportunities as they arise—not in six months when the “plan” is done.
A framework to fuel change
Strategic thinking begins with a clear understanding of strategy. To help you grasp this essential but often-confusing concept, the Strategy Pyramid offers a simple, graphical framework. You’ll learn about the three types of strategies—organizational, programmatic, and operational—and how they align to contribute to the overall aim.
Instead of a hodgepodge of unrelated goals and activities that ultimately lead to inertia or total chaos, you’ll learn to develop true strategies—coordinated actions that pull the organization in the same direction, toward the same ends. That is revolutionary.
Complete guidance for forming strategies
At the heart of this practical book is the Real-Time Strategic Planning Cycle. Based on four years of research and testing with a variety of nonprofits, this proven process guides you through the steps to sound strategy.
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Get Started In One Day
Kick off the process with a one-day Real-Time Strategic Planning session. In seven hours you’ll have formed the backbone needed to develop strategies going forward. The Facilitator’s Guide to Real-Time Strategic Planning (also on the CD) gives you everything you need: the day’s agenda, instructions for preparing flip charts, prework to be done, handouts, and worksheets.
Because the work is done by the staff, not a consultant, your organization will learn key skills, take ownership of the process, and increase its capacity to think and act strategically.
Use The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution and get the clarity and direction you need for maximum mission success.