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Strategic-Planning-SessionsConvening a group for strategic planning sessions DOESN’T have to be a boring, monotonous experience. If you’re creating the strategic planning experience right, it should be a fun, engaging experience for people who legitimately care about your organization.

And as much as we facilitate the strategic planning process across companies, you had better believe we want each one to be a fun, engaging experience.

Here are thirteen ideas for how strategic planning sessions CAN BE fun experiences:

  1. Invite people excited about participating to be a part of strategic planning process, even if you wouldn’t typically include them.
  2. Apply engaging structure and facilitation techniques so it is productive for participants.
  3. Incorporate fun, stimulating strategic thinking activities into strategic planning.
  4. Hold at least some of your strategic planning sessions in fresh environments.
  5. Bring in toys for people to play with and distract themselves.
  6. Have people participate in raucous, not-overly physical activities.
  7. Tell jokes as ways emphasize key messages.
  8. Use funny pictures in presentations.
  9. Teach people new skills or tools that are relevant for their ongoing use.
  10. Serve great, light food.
  11. Have someone illustrate the strategic planning results.
  12. Consciously manage the time to end early.
  13. Promise them a happy hour at the end of the day.

Try one or more of these and see what impact it has on adding fun to strategic planning.

Or better yet, these are standard practices for The Brainzooming Group. Call us to design and facilitate your strategic planning, and we’ll just make it all happen for you with more fun than anyone would ever expect from strategic planning! – Mike Brown

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2 Responses to “Strategic Planning – Never Suffer from a Boring Strategic Planning Process Again”

  1. Say Keng Lee says:

    Good suggestions, but I think a much better way to make the process uplifting and fun, is first, instead of white boards and flip-charts, mount newsprint roll paper continuously on and along the entire wall (assuming you can get obstruction-free wall spaces in a venue). Breakout groups then commence working on the paper, using key words and visual images as much as possible, while standing on their two feet, starting from evaluating the history of past company successes/failures, through the vulnerability audit and market/competitive analyses, all the way to formulating bold strategic initiatives and finalising the game plan. In between phases, groups are encouraged to do gallery walk to look at other groups’ outputs, so as to get fresh insights and/or recover missing gaps of information. The entire output on the wall eventually forms a powerful train of thought. A nice group memory, too!

    • Mike Brown says:

      Great suggestion. We use a very visual planning approach with posters that become “targets” for ideas prompted by the questions and enhancers on the posters.