With humor as one of our guiding principles, CompassPoint has a long history of poking fun at ourselves and the nonprofit sector to skewer some “sacred cows” and celebrate the experiences that bring our field together. Our cartoon series, Planet 501c3, was created by Miriam Engleberg, ran from 1999-2005 and made fun of everything from fundraising to never-ending meetings and beyond. This Halloween, we’re having a chuckle with a topic that’s usually too hallowed to joke about—strategic plans!
We’ve had some fun joking about strategic plans, but any tool or process (theory of change, business plans, and annual goal setting) can easily end up like any of these “scary plans” above. Here are some great resources to help you avoid that pitfall:
- Blog: "Think Like a Surfer: Part One of a Two-Part Series on Organizational Strategy"
- Blog: "Who Decides? Where Power and Strategy Intersect in Organizations"
- A great debate in Blue Avocado on the value of the strategic plan in the articles "Strategic Planning: Failures and Alternatives" and "In Defense of Strategic Planning: A Rebuttal"
- Or learn more about strategy and planning at one of our workshops.