5 Ways to Get Multiple Local Government Plans Under Control

Local governments love to plan.

The arsenal of plans and strategies active in a city at any point in time can be overwhelming: for residents, who participate in the creation of these plans; for elected officials, who commit to achieving the goals of the plans; and for staff, who execute and manage the plans.

To make matters more complicated, these dozens of government plans and strategies are subject to a perpetual cycle of planning, updating, reporting and reviewing.

You Can't Do It All: How to Create a Strategic Action Plan

We were having a conversation about strategy execution with a customer a couple weeks ago when they made a really salient point: “We just want to make sure we are evaluating ideas we have for strategic initiatives in a way that identifies and prioritizes high-impact projects.”

It’s a common problem. When faced with all of the things that you could do, how do you prioritize and select the initiatives and actions that will provide the best results? We all have constraints that limit the amount of new initiatives we can launch—including funding and organizational capacity.

My Top Ice Breaker for Strategic Planning Sessions in Government & Non-profits

I’m usually terrible at ice breakers. I’m a nuts and bolts kind of guy and generally don’t like anything that feels gimmicky. During my time in government and as a consultant, I facilitated hundreds of strategic planning sessions for local governments and nonprofits, and in every case, I liked to get to business and get things done.

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