Setting and achieving goals.
One of the characteristics of consistently successful Clubs is that not only do they have clear goals and implementation plans but they refer to them often and consistently review how they are tracking against their plans and goals. Unfortunately research has identified that few Associations and Clubs dedicate the time and resources to develop their goals and implementation plans and even fewer review their progress over time. Often, especially in business, this process is called strategic planning but we will simply call it the “planning process”.
The key outcome of the planning process is NOT simply to define your goals but to achieve them.
Why set goals, key activities and implementation plans
Most people understand they should set goals but few understand why they are so important.
Some of the benefits include:
Defines what we will do – It helps identify what should be done, by when and by whom.
Creates focus – This helps committees and leaders identify not just what they will do but importantly what they will not do.
Empowers stakeholders to assist – If your club goals are clear, it makes it a lot easier for stakeholders to work out how they can assist in their delivery.
Defines how you structure and manage your Club – Sub committees may be formed with the responsibility of delivering a goal(s) or key activities. The committee’s function then becomes primarily one of oversight and review of the sub committee’s progress. The committee review process will identify at the earliest possible time if changes need to be made or additional resources allocated.
A subcommittee is a group of people brought together to oversee the planning and delivery of a specific goal, task or activity. Generally sub committees have a member of the general committee as its Chairperson and are then made up of people from outside the committee (and often outside the Club). As sub committees are only focused on a very narrow set of goals or tasks it means that they have the time to explore the issues and devise the best plans.
Terms of reference
Generally when a committee establishes a subcommittee it will do this by creating the subcommittee “Terms of Reference” document which will define clearly: What is the role, purpose and goals of the sub committee
- What its responsibilities and authorities are
- When does it need to deliver its goals
- What are the reporting requirements
More Strategic Planning:
a) What is Strategic Planning?
c) Goal setting and implementation planning
d) Starting the strategic planning process
e) Step 1 – Stakeholder Consultation
f) Step 2 – The formal planning process
g) Step 2 continued – The Planning Session
h) Step 2 continued – Goal ownership and task definition
i) Step 3 – Sign off from members and stakeholders
j) Step 4 – Objective implementation, management and DELIVERY!
k) Strategic Planning Template