Why develop strategies?
Developing strategies is really a way to focus your efforts and figure out how you’re going to get things done. By doing so, you can achieve the following advantages:
- Taking advantage of resources and emerging opportunities
- Responding effectively to resistance and barriers
- A more efficient use of time, energy, and resources
When should you develop strategies for your initiative?
Developing strategies is the fourth step in the VMOSA (Vision, Mission, Objectives, Strategies, and Action Plans) process outlined. Developing strategies is the essential step between figuring out your objectives and making the changes to reach them. Strategies should always be formed in advance of taking action, not deciding how to do something after you have done it. Without a clear idea of the how, your group’s actions may waste time and effort and fail to take advantage of emerging opportunities. Strategies should also be updated periodically to meet the needs of a changing environment, including new opportunities and emerging opposition to the group’s efforts.