direction

Vision and Mission

Every organisation has an ethos, a belief system or a set of principles 

Defining what you are about: vision and mission

Although most organisations will have some sort of governing document, the wording and language used in constitutions, memoranda of association and similar documents are frequently insufficient, too broad or unsuitable for wider use. Developing a short, clear vision statement and/or mission statement that summarises the long-term change that you want to make, is therefore very useful. When doing so, it is vital that all relevant people are involved. 

Strategy

Without a strategy for the way ahead, you will probably get lost or, at the very least, end up going around in circles.

Internal Policies and Procedures

Deciding policy is only the beginning...

Policies provide a framework within which an organisation makes choices about how it operates and so can either help or hinder the implementation of the strategic plan. Organisations may have policies on any number of topics, for example:

Strategic Planning

Do not assume that there will be agreement on where the organisation should head in the future

Reasons for planning

Planning is vital, yet people find all sorts of reasons for not doing it! If there are new demands on organisations (for example, pressure on resources, awareness of unmet needs, political or legislative changes) many try to respond immediately.

Do not assume that there will be agreement on where the organisation should head in the future

This can lead to wasted energies, haphazard developments and conflict. Even when plans are made, they are sometimes not implemented, or the impact of the plans is not evaluated. Remember that planning is a means to an end and not an end in itself.

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