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Benjamin Franklin Quote

Stop! Are you achieving the desired results from implementing your plan? You do have a plan, right? How well is it helping you get to where you want to go?

Consider Benjamin Franklin's words of wisdom, "When you fail to plan, you plan to fail." It's now halfway through the year. Are you on track to make your goals? It's never too late to assess progress and put together a revised plan for moving forward. Start now.

The Problem

These are challenging times. Prudent organizations continuously seek ways to overcome those challenges. Yet, many firms lack a proper plan. They are like a ship without a rudder, being tossed around in turbulent waters.

In Alice in Wonderland, Alice asks the Cheshire Cat, "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" The Cheshire Cat replies, "That depends a good deal on where you want to get to." Alice says, "I don't much care where," and the Cheshire Cat responds, "Then it doesn't much matter which way you go."

The Solution

Especially in the worst of times, as Dickens would say, when challenges surface, organizations need to reaffirm their core competencies and values, ignite people's passions, and connect them with a clear end-goal. Top performing organizations have a vision of where they want to go. They develop and implement a defined strategic plan of how to get there, while being open to new opportunities that are everywhere. The plan clarifies thinking, guides the pursuit, and provides players with the means to align their passions with a worthwhile end — the overall purpose.

Extraordinary Solution

Strategic Planning through "Pursuit of Passionate Purpose" is one of Technology and Management Solutions' core competencies. The approach is to apply success strategies and follow a four-stage process:

ASSESS WHERE YOU ARE NOW. Ask how things going, where you are in comparison to plan, and what's next.
KNOW THE ORGANIZATION. Determine its values and core competencies — the organization's passion — and establish the vision on where you want to go.
FIND PASSIONATE PURPOSE. Discern what the marketplace needs and how it can be served with that passion. What is your mission?
PURSUE PURPOSE. Establish and implement a plan to achieve the mission. What strategic initiatives are key to bridge the gap from where you are now to where you want to go?

Organizations that use the "Pursuit of Passionate Purpose" approach positively impact the bottom-line and reach their goals. Lynda Simmons used such a process to build Phipps Houses into the largest non-profit housing developer in the U.S. Tom Chappell, CEO of Tom's of Maine, applied this approach in building entrepreneurial ventures that blossomed into multimillion-dollar firms. Don Vanlandingham did likewise to create a $500 million for-profit technology company that was Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.

CASE STUDY. Technology and Management Solutions helped one of our clients, a County government, develop its strategic plan while building its executive team. This approach paid off. All participants in the strategic planning process were very satisfied and reported they had more intense passion, a clear roadmap to achieve their purpose, improved team communications, and better understanding of self and others.

"We highly recommend TMS to anyone, private or public sector, who is searching for a facilitator to help with strategic planning. They are experts at finding the right path in pursuit of passionate purpose!" — Bob Roby, Deputy Director, Arapahoe County, Facilities and Fleet Management

Practical Pointers for Strategic Planning Done Right

ASK. Where are you now? How are things going? Do a SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis or use another assessment method.
LISTEN. Gather inputs from your customers, employees, vendors, analysts, board members, and others. Do a listening tour.
GET HELP. You don't have to do it alone. Find a professional who has done it before and can save you time and avoid getting stuck. Let's talk and see how I can help or who I can refer.
START NOW. It's never too late or too early.

Summary

Now is the time for a good strategic plan. Find the right professional to help you get to where you want to go.

Selected Events

June 26-27, 2024. Join me in Crested Butte, CO for the Western Colorado University Board of Trustees meeting. It's open to the public. Contact me if you would like to meet up.

July 19, 2024. See you at the Colorado CIO of the Year ORBIE awards. 8:15 AM - 11:15 AM MT. Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, 650 15th St, Denver.

July 23, 2023. The Private Directors Association of Colorado is having a July Social. 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM MT in Denver. Register now and learn how this group can help you in your board journey. Members and guests are welcome. Register here.

Theresa M. Szczurek, Ph.D.
C-Level Executive, Certified Corporate Director, Certified Management Consultant®, Executive Coach, Speaker, and Colorado CIO of the Year

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