“Strategic Planning has consistently helped me to provide directed leadership to my school district and aided me in moving the system forward. With so much on our plates, and such limited resources to meet the system's needs, it is crucial to be able to focus in a strategic way on what is most important. I have chosen Jan as a consultant for strategic planning because she helps people to do their very best work. She has a clear understanding of how systems work and the particular challenges we face. She continually seeks new and current methods of approaching her work. She assures that everyone buys into the process and agrees on the desired outcome, then assists the group in developing a plan that is concrete and actionable.”
Janice A. Williams Associates has been facilitating strategic planning for our clients since our inception in 1984. We believe planning is one of the essential elements of successful organizations. As the rabbit said to Alice, in the story of Alice in Wonderland, “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” Strategic planning is the process that moves an organization or system from its current state to its desired future state in a dynamic and tactical manner.
Strategic planning includes the development of: vision, values, mission, goals, the identification of strategic focuses and key result areas, and specific measurable objectives. To be useful, a strategic plan must be a living document that both guides day to day work and also enables an organization to measure its progress.
Our approach is based on the belief that people will commit to and work on plans that they have had the opportunity to influence. We collaborate with you to create an inclusive process that will result in a practical and doable plan that will guide your growth, support good choices, and provide sufficient direction to enable your organization or system to build on its successes and maximize its opportunities. We provide opportunities for the involvement of your stakeholders, those who have an interest in the organization’s future and success.
Our strategic planning process encourages organization-wide engagement through self-assessment and extensive dialogue. It supports intentional course correction and ongoing progress. It strengthens the leadership team, develops new skills, and increases communication. Through this development process, the strategic plan becomes much more than just a document, it becomes a way of thinking about how to steer the organization or system through its next stages of growth and development, whatever they may be.
A viable plan is based on an examination of the past, a comprehensive study of the present, and is driven by a clear and compelling vision for the future. We evaluate all data together to determine the organization’s priorities.
We facilitate the process through a representative Steering Committee to create a specific and measurable final document designed to guide the organization to its desired outcomes. Full client involvement and ownership of both the process and the product are essential to the success of this effort.We would like to partner with you to ensure that your choices lead to the accomplishment of your mission and the achievement of your vision.