Get ready for strategic planning

Get ready for strategic planning

The top 10 things every leader should know before starting a strategic planning process

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About this course

Are you a leader in an organization that is considering starting a strategic planning process but you’re not quite sure where or how to begin? 

This course is designed for busy leaders and executives that need a crash course in what they need to know BEFORE starting a strategic planning process. You'll learn my top 10 tips from over twenty years of experience working for and consulting to businesses and nonprofits.

 

Course content

How do I know when my organization is ready for strategic planning?

Strategic planning readiness assessment

When NOT to proceed with strategic planning

Video on How do I know when and if my organization is ready for strategic planning?

Where do I start?

Setting timelines, outcomes, and meeting dates

Video on where to start

How do I choose my planning team?

Video on tips for choosing a strategic planning committee

Tips for assembling your planning committee

When to use and how to vet a consulting partner

Handout on vetting consulting partners

What are the steps in a strategic planning process?

The basic steps in any strategic planning process

Stephanie's 7 step Strategy Tango process

Video on The Strategy Tango 7-step process

What do all of these planning terms and acronyms mean?

The language of strategic planning

Video on strategic planning language and terms

Bias in strategic planning

Common cognitive biases that can impact planning

What does a finished strategic plan look like?

Sample strategic plans

Video on strategic plan formats

Why create a one-page strategic plan first

How would I use a strategic plan once it's done?

Video on how to use a strategic plan during implementation

What are some missteps to avoid?

Common missteps you can avoid if you know how to spot them early

Video on 7 missteps in strategic planning

So what do I do next?

Video on your assessment results

OK now what?

Learn on your own time

You may be an expert in your field, but even the thought of beginning a strategic planning process is terrifying. With this self-study course, you can learn 10 things on your own time.

Feel more confident

You will feel confident that you know where to start a strategic planning process by taking the time to prepare yourself with this course. (No one needs to know that you didn't know anything before either!)

Jumpstart your planning process

Strategic planning processes can drag on forever if you don't know how to navigate the potential pitfalls ahead of time. With this course, you'll learn how to make the best use of your planning process and shorten the time from start to finish.

Achieve better results

By knowing more about how a strategic planning process should flow, you'll get better results with your team for your organization. You might just even feel like a strategic super hero!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should take this course?

This course is designed for leaders in businesses and nonprofit organizations who are considering starting a strategic planning process in their organization. The course will help leaders (including volunteer board members) determine whether their organization is ready to start a planning process soon or whether there are some things that would be good to address before starting to plan.

How long does it take to complete the course?

This is a self-paced course which includes an assessment personally reviewed by Stephanie. The content should take no more than 1-2 hours to complete, depending on how much time you choose to linger on each section.

Meet the expert

Stephanie Blackburn Freeth

Stephanie Blackburn Freeth is the CEO & Founder of Adaptive Alternatives LLC, a consulting firm providing strategic planning and executive coaching to businesses, nonprofits and social enterprises who are ready to adapt and thrive. Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Stephanie partners with local, regional and national organizations. With an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a BA in English from Princeton University, Stephanie brings unique perspectives to her clients.