How to Develop a Strategic Plan for Your Community

While there is no "right way" to develop a strategic plan—the culture and needs of each city or county are unique—to be successful, there are key elements that should always be considered (if you want to see real examples—these are a good place to start). What you choose to include is often determined by what you're trying to accomplish. Some plans are initiated to address known issues in the community. Some are started because the elected body wants to provide direction. Others are launched because staff needs to understand how to prioritize conflicting needs. Even though the motivation may be different and there are many paths for implementation, to be effective, each strategic plan should identify a destination and map the precise turns needed to reach the intended outcomes—including a clear picture of the ideal future state, near-term priorities, and measurable goals.

Why You Need a Chief Execution Officer


“Strategy is a commodity, execution is an art.” - Peter Drucker

One would think the answer to the statement "Why you need a Chief Execution Officer" should be simple. However, the sad reality is that most organizations really do not understand what the title and responsibilities of Chief Execution Officer involves. In our experience, the problem stems from the fact that most Chief Executive Officers only see their role as chief developer and owner of strategy, but not a leadership role in execution.

Strategy Execution: So You Have a Strategic Plan, Now What?

Have you invested time and resources in a strategic plan, and then never saw it go anywhere? You’re not alone.

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