Strategy Boot Camp: A Jumpstart for Planning and Implementation

Description:
Non-profit agencies and grants departments often struggle to stay operational due to the challenges of funding availability and limited terms of support. Having a vision and organizational strategy which aligns this critical element to operations is key to long-term sustainability. So is effectively implementing a strategic plan. This session will provide education on the strategic planning process using Lean Sigma tools that will ensure effective plan implementation. The session and the learning objectives are constructed as follows to align with GPC competency number three (program and project design and development) and competency number seven (raising the level of professionalism):

Value of Ongoing Strategic Planning
Ongoing strategic planning enables organizational/departmental evolution
- Definition of strategic planning (what it is and what it isn't)
- Creates long term "sight-lines"
- Establishes measurable goals for success
- Increases capacity for further growth

Key Elements of the Strategic Planning Process
There are several elements and activities critical to completing an effective strategic plan and using Lean Sigma tools can make easier

- Organization
- Visioning
- Assessment (needs assessments)
- Strategic Issue Identification (SWOT Analysis, Ishikawa diagram)
- Goal and Metric Formulation (A3 Project Charters)
- Implementation, Action and Reassessment (RAILS)

Implementing the Strategic Plan
There are several elements and activities critical to completing an effective strategic plan and using Lean Sigma tools can make easier
- Metric monitoring (Dashboards)
- Rolling project activities (RAIL)
- Check and adjustment (PDCA)

The session will include strategic planning exercises and examples utilizing the tools. Both paper and digital copies will be provided as part of the session. The session will conclude with examples of non-profit strategic planning outlines and opportunity for participants to ask questions. 


GPC Competencies Addressed:
Strategies for effective program and project design and development
Practices and services that raise the level of professionalism of grant developers


Speaker: 
Kim holds a B.S. in Communications from Ohio University and a M.A.S in Community Development from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She earned a Lean Sigma Green Belt in 2012 and her GPC in 2013. A native of the Appalachian region of Ohio she serves as the Director of Community Health Advancement for Adena Health System. She is an active member of four local boards, including the Ross County United Way and co-chairs and the community's health coalition, Partners for a Healthier Ross County.