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The Strategic Planning Trap: How to Avoid It

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Publication Date: January 2000

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America

Author(s): Richard A. Bobbe; Jill Mendelson; Yisroel Schulman

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 76:3

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Business (Business organization, administration, and management)
Social conditions (Associations and meetings)

Keywords: Jewish Organizations; Professionalism; Fundraising and Philanthropy

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


To avoid the two traps so common in strategic planning—assuming that after the plan is developed, it will be carried out and using the work of developing the plan as an escape from the difficult process of managing change—it is essential that planning be approached as a developmental challenge. The process should be designed to increase the effectiveness of current operations and the ability of the organization to manage and make change. Goal statements for each project and a work plan are key tools.