About this course

Proficiency Area: Planning.

Strategic planning is the process we use to enable our nonprofits to achieve their missions. It’s also the overarching ability–or capacity–to plan strategically over time.

In the first lesson toward your bronze Merit badge, you'll explore:

  • What strategic planning is, and what it is not.

  • How strategic planning can be an action, an ability, and an adaptive leadership approach.

  • What "adaptive strategy" is.

  • Three common, and one unexpected, benefits of strategic planning.

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome!

    • What you can expect in this lesson

    • Before we begin...

    • Start Your Workbook

  • 2

    What is strategic planning?

    • What is strategic planning?

    • Why does strategic planning matter?

    • Check your learning

  • 3

    Closing thoughts...

    • Check Out Workbook

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