Strategic Planning

Power Up Strategic Planning

Annual Planning | Management Retreat Facilitation

New year? New direction? Tired of planning that falls short? It’s time to power up the traditional annual planning/management retreat and look at strategic planning facilitation in a new light.

With FireFly Facilitation, annual planning is not a process. It’s an opportunity to shape your company’s future. Sure, there is a process involved, but FireFly focuses on the process so that you stay focused on the bigger objective: where you’re going and how you must work together to get there.

Strategic planning facilitation begins with getting the right people around the management retreat table. Then it’s our strategic planning facilitator’s job to guide thinking and actions to an end-result that the team can stand behind. We help you lay the ground work starting with the…

Vision

What the world would lose if your organization 
ceased to exist 

Mission

How you’ll know you’ve been successful in the future 

Milestones

How you’ll measure progress and course correct

Guiding Principles

The parameters that shape how the team will work together to make it a reality 
Kimberly Douglas, our strategic planning facilitator, is adept at establishing clear objectives and a detailed agenda, then creating an environment to get the best thinking from all participants. From analyzing alternatives to reaching decisions with shared commitment, Kimberly uses a flexible framework to guide your team to a concrete action plan with supporting accountability. 

At your next management retreat or whenever annual planning comes knocking, open the door to new opportunities with FireFly Facilitation. 
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"Your facilitation ability and people skills enabled a specialized, talented group of 21 Senior Directors and Special Staff members to come out of their fox holes and work together as an effective cross functional team of experts. The increase in productivity as a result of the improved understanding and cooperation among the departments helped us to focus on supporting our customer, The Warfighter. Thanks for a job well done."

Colonel B.G. Lee
Chief of Staff, Logistics Command, U.S. Marine Corps

FireFly Insights on Annual Planning

Click on this video to learn Kimberly’s tips and techniques for creating strategic plans that get executed.

Strategic Focusing to Catapult Results

Vision without execution is hallucination.” Thomas Edison

Did you know that one of the reasons the population of fireflies appears to be diminishing is because of ambient light or “light pollution”? There are too many distractions. All these other bright lights keep fireflies from performing at their best. 
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FireFly Facilitation Blog

By Kimberly Douglas 13 Jul, 2016

When archers draw a bow, they’re far more accurate when they zero in on the bull’s-eye than when they broadly aim to hit the target.

 The same applies in golf. When players concentrate on landing the ball at a specific spot near the pin, their shots are more precise than when they target the green in general.

What’s true for archery and golf translates to strategic planning as well. The sharper your focus is, then the smaller your margin for error will be when you execute. Put simply, “Aim small; miss small.”

What can you do practically to shrink the scope of your goals so that you’re laser focused?

If everything is important…then nothing is. Identify the three strategic priorities for you team. Don’t get bogged down on specific verbiage, but make sure everyone agrees with and can articulate your strategic priorities.

Knowing what not to do   can be just as important as knowing where you’re going. What distractions will tempt you to veer from your strategic priorities? Dialog about them, and list them. Instill in your team that these activities are taboo.

Decide upon metrics. What is unmeasured goes undone. Set your criteria for success. Don’t feel constrained by numbers—qualitative goals have every bit as much merit as quantitative ones. However, make sure your metrics are simple and concrete.

Track performance together. Evaluating results as a team provides instant accountability—no one wants to look bad in front of peers. Also, talking through results helps you to decipher problems or opportunities buried beneath the facts and figures.

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Kimberly Douglas, SHRM-SCP, CPF, President of FireFly Facilitation, Inc. is a nationally recognized team facilitator and strategic planning facilitator. Using her knowledge of industrial/organizational psychology plus her real-life consulting and corporate HR executive experience, she has collaborated with hundreds of leaders over the last twenty-five years – at organizations such as AT&T, Coca-Cola, United Way, UPS and the US Marine Corps – to dramatically improve management retreats, annual planning and team performance. 
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