How Can We Focus on One to Two Years Out When Today is So Demanding?
Strategy requires making choices. When an organization develops and maintains the discipline of looking far into the future, options arise that are unavailable to an organization that is consumed by day-to-day operations.
Instead of continually reacting, an organization with strategic foresight can begin to develop a proactive advantage, which allows it to shape or influence the future, including emerging opportunities.
Do any human-serving organizations really maintain a focus on the future? Yes. What tools do they use and how do they staff it?
Learn how a human-serving organization is able to maintain a focus on the future during the Alliance for Children and Families' upcoming webinar Aug. 28 from 1-2 p.m. CT. During this webinar, Alliance member and Strategy Counts pilot site, Starr Commonwealth in Albion, Mich., will share its approach to keeping course and making course corrections with eyes set on the horizon.
The organization will share its measures and indicators for short- and long-term success.
Guardian of the Horizon: Tools for Strategic Foresight is presented by Martin Mitchell, president and CEO, and Elizabeth Carey, executive vice president and chief strategy and administrative services officer at Starr Commonwealth.
About the Author
Michael Mortell is the director of consultation and advisory services at the Alliance. Previously, he directed the Strategy Counts Initiative. He came to the Alliance after leading one of several Lean Six Sigma projects underway within a major public school system, in partnership with the GE Healthcare Foundation. Previously, he launched an Innovation Fund while directing a $5.1 million grant for the Greater Milwaukee Committee and for 10 years prior, he oversaw operations in the multiple locations of a 12-agency human service partnership. As a senior member of the American Society for Quality he served as an examiner with a state-level Baldrige-based program. Mortell earned a master’s in industrial organizational psychology and has additional training in organizational culture and strategic change.