Long range planning does not deal with future decisions, but with the future of present decisions. -Peter Drucker
A strategic plan is a structured plan for which goals are identified following the completion of a thorough needs assessment. Through this process, organizational goals are established and then monitored and revised based upon on-going collected data. This structure assists organizations in ensuring goals are not lost in the stresses of day-to-day operations.
Educational communities operate daily in a very high-paced, professional world. It is very easy for one to shift focus from the vision to the immediate need at the moment. Therefore, it is essential to define organizational goals and align conversations, decisions, supports, and resources to meet those goals. Strategic plans provide an intentional structure for organizations to move forward one step-at-a-time.
One very insightful perspective shared by Desmond Tutu, “there is only one way to eat an elephant: a bite at a time.”