Thursday, February 28, 2008

Mid-Year Meeting

In early February, the Board of Directors of Little People of America met in Southern California for a mid-year planning meeting. The goal of the meeting what the organization has accomplished over the past few years, identify the strengths that led to those accomplishments, then identify action items to build on those strengths in the future. The weekend in California was probably the best strategic planning of which I've ever been a part. I've done strategic planning sessions with two other organizations. In those cases, the meetings seemed very out of context with the day to day reality of the organization. In this case, the goals we set seemed much more realistic within the scope of LPA. For example, in the case of advocacy, we didn't set goals around achievement in specific advocacy issues. Rather, we set goals around creating tools that will support members in their own pursuits. I am pretty excited and, based upon feedback, I think other board members are as well.