Strategic Planning for the Seventh Generation

Most Tribes have a strategic plan for at least some of it programs. It is also important to have one for the entire Tribal organization. The strategic planning process are the steps that you go through as an organization to determine the direction of your organization (Its vision), what you’re going to do and for whom (Your mission) and some way to measure it or guide you in a strategy to get there. (Your goals). Some Tribes have strategic plans for anywhere from 1 to 100 years. It should include short term as well as long term goals.

Our strategic plan will help you develop a series of vision statements which should be explicit, straight forward and above all concise.

Some of the elements of the plan will include the following:

  • Environmental scan to determine where you currently are
  • History of the Tribe
  • Strengths, Problems, Opportunities and Threats or (SPOT analysis)
  • Short term and long-range goals

This process is an organizational management activity that is used to set priorities, focus energy and resources, strengthen operations, ensure that employees and other stakeholders are working toward common goals, establish agreement around intended outcomes and assess and adjust the organization’s direction in response to a changing environment. It is a disciplined effort that results in fundamental decisions that shape and guide what an organization is, who it serves, what it does and why it does it, with a focus on the future.

A series of meetings will be held with staff, Tribal leadership and the community to make sure they have provided their input, ideas and feedback into the plan. To not include all these sectors is to dilute the effectiveness of the plan before you even begin. The more involvement and engagement you have in the process the more likely you are to achieve the outcomes you desire.

The framework for the strategic plan will include the following:

  • An analysis to develop an understanding of the current internal and external environments.  This will include the SPOT exercise which will help staff and the community to identify your assets as well as the areas where you need to improve.
  • Strategic thinking where high level strategy is develop band a basic organizational level strategic plan is documented.
  • Strategy implementation where the high level plan is turned into operational planning and action items. This part is often not included or given a low priority.  It is essential to make sure that everyone knows what their part is in implementing the plan.  This requires additional follow up and it may include the development of work plans for each staff member.
  • A sustainability plan will be created to make all your programs are self sustaining with the goal to help your Tribe achieve true self-determination.