d) Starting the strategic planning process

Where do we start the strategic planning process?

There are many different ways to undertake the strategic planning process but one of the key considerations is how to minimise the time volunteers are required to contribute while maximising the value of the planning process.

The planning process which will suit most, if not all, Clubs involves the following four steps:

Step 1 – Stakeholder consultation

Step 2 – Formal planning process

Step 3 – Members and key stakeholders review and sign off

Step 4 – Objective implementation, management and DELIVERY!


Before you actually commence the planning process it is a good idea to answer two key questions:

  1. Who is responsible for co-ordinating the planning process and delivering the final plan to the committee and members?  An individual, a sub committee or a third party outsider?
  2. How long into the future will the plan set goals for? Three years or will some larger goals be five to ten years?

More Strategic Planning:

a) What is Strategic Planning?
b) Setting and achieving goals
c) Goal setting and implementation planning
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