In the last few months, I've had the pleasure of working with three clients to create their strategic plan. Leading a planning process is one of my favorite activities. I enjoy asking the critical questions that engage teams in healthy dialogue, reframing core values and mission statements, drafting vision statements, and helping to identify key action steps that will lead organizations to accomplish their core objectives and goals.
While I enjoy all of those aspects of planning, they are not why I love planning. Nope, there's a much more fundamental reason for that - I love planning because I need a plan. Left in a "plan-less" society, I could wake up each day, go to the gym, and then wander aimlessly through books, and Internet research, and the random thoughts in my own head. I'm fairly confident that I wouldn't get tired of it and would even find it beneficial. But I'm equally confident that I wouldn't ever really get anywhere with that approach. Don't get me wrong. There is a time just to be, to exist, but I feel like my life is better with a goal, a purpose, a mission, a vision, and some guidelines about how I can reach my goals.
I am told that I bring some pretty serious enthusiasm for planning to my clients. Some even seem to question my sanity given how excited I am about the process. But the reason is simple - I believe in their causes and I am confident our world is a better place when they have a game plan to make a difference for their service populations and the community at large.
Do you need a plan?