Strategic Planning: Putting Your Mission Into Action

March 23, 2021

Does your organization use a strategic plan to implement your mission? Do you set goals with board and constituent buy-in? Join Jason Cass and Scott Niermann for a discussion about the importance of strategic planning, and why it is essential for your team accountability, your organization’s success in reaching your vision for a better world.

Episode Highlights:

  • Scott mentions the strategic plan he’s working on. (1:16)
  • Jason mentions the three factors of leadership. (3:05)
  • Why does Scott think that heads of organizations don’t want to necessarily train or hold people accountable to those processes? (5:13)
  • Jason shares why most people want to be held accountable. (6:28)
  • Scott mentions the SWOT analysis. (8:26)
  • Scott shares why some people hire consultants. (9:47)
  • Scott mentions the article from The Chronicle of Philanthropy. (14:18)
  • Scott mentions the toughest task of the nonprofit executive. (22:16)

Key Quotes:

  • “There’s a reason why when we look at these large organizations that are built on process, usually operate with people that make 10 to $15 an hour because you don’t need somebody great. You need somebody to follow the process that you create.” – Jason Cass
  • “When you’re running a small to medium-sized organization, you’re in the trenches, you’re the general with the troops. Take an action every day, hopefully meaningful action, moving that ball forward. Also, remove yourself and think from that bird’s eye perspective so that you can actually cast that vision and keep people inspired.” – Scott Niermann
  • “Whatever the human resources are, whatever the leadership issues or board issues might be, everybody’s theoretically on the same page after the SWOT analysis.” – Scott Niermann

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