Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning creates a focused opportunity for board members and staff to think intentionally about the organization’s future direction and collectively consider:

    • What is the most potent vision we can foresee?
    • What is changing in the world that impacts our mission?
    • What scale do we need to be functioning at to achieve this vision?
    • What can we stop doing?
    • What capacities and or infrastructure do we need to develop?
    • What partners should we approach for collaboration or affiliation?

Through a progression of well-informed discussions, board and staff coalesce around a compelling organizational vision and then develop strategies and benchmarks to move toward that vision. This process engages all parts of the organization while developing strategic thinking muscles. The result is a well-crafted sustainability plan that guides future decision-making and helps navigate the continual dance between planning and being responsive.

Interested? Contact Deb Burwell with Paddling the Rapids ( to arrange a time to explore whether a Paddling the Rapids Leadership Forum is a good match for you.

Contact: Deb Burwell

Skilled Facilitator and Strategic Planner Dedicated to Supporting Nonprofit and Community Leaders.

Like paddling the rapids,
Maine leaders are faced daily with many issues
and decisions competing for their
finite time, energy, and resources.

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