Vision and Mission Driven
CREATIVE Plans are always vision and mission driven. As the Cheshire
Cat told Alice "If you don't know where you are going,
any road will take you there." We start the CREATIVE Planning
process by identifying our common mission and vision. We then use
these as our guiding beacon for the development of our goals and
Bias for Action
The success of the entire CREATIVE Planning process depends on the group's
ability to implement the plan. Thus, the plan must be founded on actionable
strategies. The key is to ensure that every significant action
contributes to the fulfillment of the organization’s vision.
CREATIVE Planning is reality based. At several
points throughout the planning session, your facilitator will guide
group through a “Reality Check” process. During these
very honest, very straightforward discussions, we ensure that
the group’s vision remains grounded in reality. Pie in
the sky is for the birds.
Focused and Facilitated
People are amazed at the volume of work they accomplish during
just one CREATIVE Planning session. All sessions are professionally
facilitated. The goals are established up-front. The facilitator’s
- To help the group achieve its goals for the session
- To keep the group focused and productive
- To provide processes and facilitate discussions needed to achieve goals
- To ensure that every member of the group has the opportunity to participate
- To unleash group genius
- To record key discussion and presentation points
- To create a session output report/strategic plan
Everyone Participates--None of us is as smart
as all of us.
CREATIVE Planning is not a spectator sport. All group
members are participants. Diverse experience and diverse
thinking are of great value to the CREATIVE Planning process. Your facilitators
will ensure that every group member has ample opportunity to contribute to
the planning process.
People support what they help to build. It's a fact.
The best way to get your team vested in the implementation
process is to fully involve them in the planning process
Consensus and Commitment
The CREATIVE Planning process builds consensus and secures commitments on key issues
that are critical to your organization's success.
This approach sets the stage for long-term
cooperation and accountability. All points of
consensus and all commitments are recorded and reflected
in the session's output report.
Fun and Creativity
Planning does not have to be a painful process.
At Flight of Ideas, we believe that work and fun should
not be mutually exclusive concepts.
Working with hundreds of groups, we';ve
learned that nothing opens the creative floodgates
like a good dose of fun. Our facilitators
invented the concept of "productive
play." Throughout the process, your facilitator will find ways
to spark group creativity and to keep the
process fun and interesting. We've
got an entire toy box filled with unique
toys designed to open minds and inspire
creativity… and we're not afraid
to use them!
Worth 1,000 Words
CREATIVE Planning includes a process we
call "Group Graphics". Group Graphics is the fun, colorful process
of recording information using pictures
and symbols. It allows participants to see what you mean. Having
worked with hundreds of groups, I've found that Group Graphics has
impact on group morale and productivity: It helps to increase understanding.
It boosts participation and sparks a higher level of creativity
Time Well Spent
It takes less than two full business days to go from mission and vision
development to the creation of a full blown strategic plan… a
realistic, collaboratively developed plan with measurable goals that are
focused on what's most important for your organization's success. I survey all groups after
planning sessions. I always ask whether the session was a good use of each
participant's time. The answer is consistently "Yes!"
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or call us at 407-234-4522.