Adaptive Strategy Planning™
Helping groups and organizations create a strategy plan they will actually use.
Organizations and groups need a strategy planning approach that considers the continuously changing context in which organizations function. Adaptive Strategy Planning aligns an organization’s vision, mission, and strategic goals, yet pro-actively includes a process by which the strategy plan can be adapted when change occurs. Change can be gradual like shifts in funding over several years, or it can be suddenly disruptive, like the COVID-19 pandemic.
Adaptive Strategy Planning allows groups to chart a clear course and yet, when needed, to nimbly and thoughtfully adapt the plan to remain competitive, relevant, and effective. Our Adaptive Strategy Planning utilizes several Appreciative Inquiry techniques, is informed by ideas from Industrial and Participatory Action Research and David LaPiana’s The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution: Real-Time Strategic Planning in a Rapid Response World.
Adaptive Strategy Planning is a principal factor in strengthening group or organizational resilience. The process of completing an Adaptive Strategy Plan helps groups and organizations accomplish the practice of Looking Ahead in The Resilience Practice Mix™:
- It helps groups or organizations foresee and anticipate emerging opportunities, challenges, and trends.
- It facilitates scenario planning in which they can envision multiple paths and contingencies for the future.
- It’s adaptability (flexibility) allows rapid response to both incremental and sudden disruptions without losing sight of the vision, mission, and strategic goals.
- When preceded by an Organizational Study, it can leverage what has been learned from that to inform the development of a strategic plan.