Facilitating a strategic planning meeting can be a challenging task, but with careful planning and execution, it can be a highly productive and rewarding experience. Some steps that guide us in facilitating a strategic planning meeting are:
- Set the stage
- Establish ground rules
- Gather information and identify the organisation’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT analysis).
- Cultivate a shared vision
- Develop a strategic plan
- Build consensus
- Assign responsibilities
- Communicate the plan
- Follow up and monitor progress towards the objectives.
As facilitators, our role is to guide the group through each of these steps, ensuring that everyone’s ideas are heard and that consensus is built around the strategic plan. You should also provide support and encouragement to the group, and help to resolve any conflicts or issues that arise. Our team members have successfully facilitated innumerable strategic planning meetings and helped numerous organisations to achieve their long-term goals.