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Tis the Season for Strategic Envisioning. Yes, a Picture's Worth a Thousand Words.

Q: What does a District trio (quartet or quintet) do between July 1st and the International Convention?

A: There’s actually quite a long list of TO DOs to consider …

  1. Area Director must be recruited and perhaps even one or two Division Director positions must be filled.

  2. Then these district officers must be trained.

  3. June-August club officer training needs to be conducted (a.k.a., “summer TLI” in the Northern Hemisphere or “winter TLI” in the Southern Hemisphere).

  4. There’s “homework” that’s due in preparation for the district leadership team training that’s held just before the convention.

  5. And then there’s an opportunity for a little Strategic Envisioning.

What’s Strategic Envisioning? Simply stated this is the BIG PICTURE thinking that must be done by the District, Program Quality, and Club Growth Directors around the world.

  • How will you and your teams identify what projects, programs, and new initiatives will best serve our members?

  • Which of last year’s projects, programs, or initiatives are worth continuing? Which may need to be modified? And which discontinued?

  • How will you share this vision with your club officers, area and division directors, and district staff? When will you do this? What communication channels will you use?

Here’s an example of just one district’s strategic vision. This visual was created as a large wall-sized, hand-drawn mural and was later “cleaned up” and shared as a one-page document that could be e-mailed or shared via website and social media.

NOTE: The scribe for this exercise was a professional graphic facilitator (yours truly) who happened to also serve as the Immediate Past District Governor. This executive retreat or off-site was hosted at a quiet lake house by Past International Director Joe Jarzombek. Joe and John co-facilitated this “skull session” engaging all the district leaders as they brainstormed and prioritized their thinking for the year. The attentive reader will see that this poster is dated June 6, 2010 and (perhaps) rivaled the historic plans for D-Day. But that’s a topic for the tall tales contest season and to be investigated in Denver during interviews in the candidates’ corner.

Here’s District 27’s Vision for 2010-2011 as they prepared to become the reformed districts 27 and 29. This mural was created collaboratively by the TOP FIVE assisted by the IPDG and a PID serving as co-facilitators.

Here’s District 27’s Vision for 2010-2011 as they prepared to become the reformed districts 27 and 29. This mural was created collaboratively by the TOP FIVE assisted by the IPDG and a PID serving as co-facilitators.