Effective strategic plans are, well, strategic. Done well, they can help an organization catapult to new levels of success. Done poorly? Why bother!
If you don’t want your strategic plan to collect real or virtual dust, you have to be willing to let the process get messy—at least at the beginning. Tough decisions about allocating people, money, time, and other resources are unavoidable. Even minor personality conflicts can create major flashpoints.
This is where my extensive experience as a mediator comes in. When disputes between individuals, divisions, or stakeholders threaten to derail planning conversations, I can convene side meetings to air grievances, address separate or confidential concerns, and find ways to help individuals and teams pull together going forward.