Collecting Dust - 8 Reasons Nonprofit Strategic Plans Fail

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Collecting Dust - 8 Reasons Nonprofit Strategic Plans Fail

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There have been many times walking into a CEO’s office I have spotted a beautifully printed and colorfully bound strategic plan sitting on a bookshelf or coffee table collecting dust. So much effort and time goes into building such a comprehensive document it seems a shame to see it not being used. The planning time dedicated by the board, leadership, and staff tends to generate loads of positive energy during the process, but shortly after completion the focus and energy quickly fades. Why does that energy fade and why is the plan collecting dust instead of being used to grow the organization?

For many years now I have had the privilege of consulting and coaching with some of the great leaders in our non-profit world. As partners we have tackled many challenges; the one thing I notice repeatedly is how little the strategic plans are used. What was happening that these strategic plans were not being used given that so many resources went into designing and building them?

8 reasons nonprofit plans fail

In this book we are going to explore the 8 reasons nonprofit plans and the implementation of those plans have failed. The 8 reasons are derived from real experience working with many nonprofits that are trying to make the world a better place.

Plans fail for many reasons, but I have selected the 8 I believe to be the major reasons the plans fail. But, before we dive into each of the reasons nonprofit plans fail, let’s look at running any organization as a game. Games have rules, players, payoffs, and strategies. The strategic plan is the tool that sets the payoff goals; it includes the strategies used to achieve the goals, rules that dictate how the game is played, and definitions of functions that will create winning teams.

A proper strategic plan can provide the link that establishes clarity, direction, and the means of effective implementation. Many organizations spend thousands of dollars producing plans which have the potential to provide much more than simply words on nicely printed colored paper. The plan can also become the game—the game that your team plays with the goals and objectives everyone is striving to accomplish. The importance of communication in strategic plans

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