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  Amith Nagarajan , June 03, 2012
The fundamental problem with strategic planning in many associations (and other types of organizations) is the lack of doing the hard work up front - creating focus on a small # of true priorities. Without a small # of priorities (3 is optimal, 5 is absolute max), there are no real priorities. Unfortunately, most strategic plans are large documents that have an even larger # of supposed priorities.

Once a small # of priorities are established, there are many other things that must happen to make the strategic plan impactful, but focus has to happen up front and then followed through on with discipline.
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  Les Wallace , May 30, 2012
Good perspectives. The state of governance strategic planning mirrors the state of governance literacy so building governance literacy and strategic thinking from the ground up in an association will fill the pipeline with knowledgeable people. High performance boards think strategically year round and devote 50%-75% of every meeting to strategy. The business environment is moving too quickly not to.
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  Amy Peebles , May 30, 2012
Great article. The world of strategic planning has truly changed and assns need to change with it. Not always easy to do.