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ISBN-13: 978-0079137265 ISBN-10: 0079137261 Edition: 1st

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Get management and emplyee support for your organization's new strategic direction with these electrifying group activities. Strategic plans are successfuly implemented only when the planning process itself engages every stakeholder and gives everyone a genuine sense of "ownership" of the new organizational strategy. High Impact Tools and Acitivities for Strategic Planning offers you all the practical resources to generate that passionate involvement, with dozens of radical group acitivities to help you facilitate the planning process for a team or an entire organization. This unique handbook for consultants, trainers, and managers brings you 40 creative, field-tested activities that jump-start strategic planning meetings, inspire new ways of thinking, and build the momentum critical to any change effort. Unlike most books on strategic planning, Hihg Impact Tools and Acitivities for Strategic Planning gives you step-by-step instructions for targeted activities to help an organization: Kick off planning efforts that create energy, hope, and clarity of purpose; Turn "data gathering" from employees and management into a forum for open communication; Clarify and create its core values, mission, and vision statements; Monitor and assess planning efforts to ensure accountability; Establish ongoing planning to allow proactive--not reactive--responses to changing environments and organizational priorities. Featuring case studies that detail how the book's activities galvanize planning efforts of various sizes and complexity, High Impact Tools and Activities for Strategic Planning enables you to pump new blood into even the most anemic planning process and build a greater sense of empowerment and commitment throughout an organization.

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  • Ring-bound: 424 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (December 22, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0079137261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0079137265
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 2.2 x 11.6 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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The book was well laid out and was simple to read.
Cam
The instructions have just the right amount of detail to adaquately prepare the facilitator.
Joan Reilly Associate Director Pennsylvania Horticultural Society
I'll keep this book in front of me forever - it's already getting dog eared!
R. B. Hewertson

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Tom Clark on August 13, 2001
Format: Ring-bound
If you have ever been involved in a strategic planning effort that fell short of expectations then this book is for you. In plain language the authors lay out a planning framework with supporting involvement practices to gain organizational buy-in. They provide explanations and case study examples to show the connections between "what needs to be done and how to do it." A chapter titled "The Toolbox" covers the rational and procedures for involvement mechanisms that include "Nominal Group Process to generate ideas, Affinity Diagrams & Mindmaping to organize complex issues and Collapsing Consensus & Las Vegas Voting to help in problem solving & decision-making." There are valuable discussions on organizing the planning effort and post-planning followup / accountability. This volume supports any organizational effort to set goals, improve quality or enhance effectiveness in resource management through collaborative processes.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By R. B. Hewertson on August 26, 1998
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This book is fabulous! And I use it for much more than planning. The step by step "designs" are clear, flexible, and can be modified for nearly any audience. They can be layered upon each other for a variety of purposes. I have used this collection of great designs (which are easy to locate in the contents) many times with great success. The audience has varied from front line staff to senior leaders in education, business, and health care.
The information in this book is so easy to read and follow that even a novice group facilitator could get it right by reading the introductions and the steps.
There is NO other book on the market that has so much in such a useable format - And I've looked! It's really a bible for change agents who want fail safe designs that really excite and stimulate the audience as well as get the work done. This is a rare combination.
The authors have managed to package a "1 Stop Shopping" tool kit, cook book, workbook, all in one 3 ring binder that is a living book you can add to as you find other things that work or as you modify a design to meet a group's needs.
Simply irreplaceable and worth 2ce what it costs. I'll keep this book in front of me forever - it's already getting dog eared!
Roxana Hewertson -
Organizational Consultant and Change Partner -- Roxana Bahar Hewertson and Associates
And Also-- Director of Administration Facilities and Campus Services Cornell University.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 2000
Format: Ring-bound
This book is an excellent resource for those involved in planning. In addition to the background and conceptual information provided in the book, the authors have included a variety of activities that can be employed to address specific objectives. There are numerous exercises with "easy to understand" instructions on how to facilitate the activities. I've used several of them recently and received excellent feedback about the process. More importantly, the outcomes were great!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 22, 1998
Format: Ring-bound
What makes this book great is the authors ability to make planning understandable and INTERESTING! They offer many ideas on how to really involve people in the planning process. They provide lots of help, and explain things carefully. I have used two of the planning activities successfully and i am looking forward to using more. I have read a lot of planning books, this is the first one that got me excited
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Joan Reilly Associate Director Pennsylvania Horticultural Society on October 16, 2003
Format: Ring-bound
I have had the opportunity to use the designs in this book over the past year. The designs or "strategic activities" are creative and guarnateed to advance the planning process for a wide range of organizations. The instructions have just the right amount of detail to adaquately prepare the facilitator. There is tremendous felxibility with each acitivity to accomodate longer or shorter amounts of time. The designs are
crip, imaginative, thoughtful, rooted in practice. Its a book I refer to again and again. Its been an invaluable tool to my work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1998
Format: Ring-bound
I really like this book. It shows how to get people to collaborate and be productive. I was involved in an interesting meeting over a month ago, and when I asked the facilitator where she got the ideas for the meeting she told me about this book. I have used it several times and the ideas work. I have shared the book with my husband who is a manager responsible for 350 employees. He has used some of these planning activities in his staff meetings and they have produced great results. We are two satisfied customers.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 25, 1999
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Great resource for getting people involved. Lot's of interesting, practical and creative ideas. Our organization isn't used to doing things different, but we used the ideas from this book and got Great results! They walk you through the thinking and design of these activities so you understand HOW to do them, and what results to expect. I highly recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A reader in L.A. on July 16, 2008
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I wavered between giving this book three stars or four, but ultimately settled on three. Although this book was exactly what I was looking for, namely a guide on strategic planning activities that could be used in a range of settings, I was not impressed with the way the book was put together. Some of the other reviews date back a number of years so perhaps the versions of the book they received were better then than they are now.

The good: The authors did a good job of presenting their theories on strategic planning and the first five chapters form the basis for their approach. Next is a lengthy section that provides a variety of strategic planning activities that can be used in a number of different settings. To me this is the most useful part of the text as the activities are clearly described in an easy-to-follow format. Each activity description includes practical information for its implementation such as a synopsis, materials needed (e.g. large comfortable room, newsprint and easels, paper and pens, markers, tape), goals, background, step-by-step instructions for the activity, time required for each step, adaptations or variations for different settings, and tips for the trainer/facilitator. They additionally include a chapter on follow-up activities for an organization following the strategic planning session, a chapter with a few case studies and a Toolbox chapter that describes some of the generic "tools" that can be used in planning sessions such as Mindmapping, Las Vegas Voting, Collapsing Consensus, etc. The "book" is a three-ring binder with - as the product description indicates - "ready-to-use reproducible materials and handouts." This last feature obviously offsets the price.
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