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10 Best Planning Practices

1. Plan continuously.
2. Transition from the previous plan.
3. Set a solid foundation.
4. Begin with the end in mind.
5. Turn the mirror outward.
6. Be bold.
7. Do your part to make your plan successful.
8. Make sure the plan is actionable and gets off to a good start.
9. Make strategic thinking central to decision-making.
10. Communicate thoroughly and often.

Resources for You

Our favorite and most effective planning exercises, tools and templates are here and available to you as PDFs. Just click on the drop down box above to go to the resources in each category. Feel free to download and use any one or collect them all.

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Here is a current list of what you will find in each category.

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Strategic Planning Resources

Strategy Tool #1 Appreciative Inquiry
Strategy Tool #2 Decision Making Methods
Strategy Tool #3 Open Space Technology
Strategy Tool #4 Reconstitution Exercise
Strategy Tool #5 Sample Ground Rules
Strategy Tool #6 Strategic Thinking Session Format
Strategy Tool #7 Visioning
Strategy Tool #8 Chartering the Project Team
Strategy Tool #9 Core Values Exercise
Strategy Tool #10 Goal-Setting Worksheet
Strategy Tool #11 Initiative Drafting Template
Strategy Tool #12 Implementation Grid
Strategy Tool #13 Strategy Crafting Template
Strategy Tool #14 Strategy Crafting Template
Strategy Tool #15 Strategic Planning Assessment Tool

Marketing Planning Resources

Strategic Marketing Tool #1 Four Must-Know Growth Strategies
Strategic Marketing Tool #2 Defining Brand
Strategic Marketing Tool #3 Identifying Core Competencies
Strategic Marketing Tool #4 10 Best Marketing Practices for Indepentant Schools
Strategic Marketing Tool #5 Building Your Marketing System
Strategic Marketing Tool #6 Modified SWOT Analysis

Leadership Transition Planning Resources

Leadership Transition Tool #1 Inventory
Leadership Transition Tool #2 Top Threes Transition Work Sheet
Leadership Transition Tool #3 SWOT Transition Worksheet
Leadership Transition Tool #4 Chief Executive Goal Setting
Leadership Transition Tool #5 Strategic Thinking About Transition
Leadership Transition Tool #6 Leadership Transition Goal Setting

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