Understanding How City Plans Fail

In my experience a City’s successful implementation of a plan depends greatly upon a their reaction to and investment in the actual elements of the plan.  For successful implementation to occur, a city must be mindful of the tendency for its performance to ‘default’ to status quo (generalization and avoidance), …

A Common Failure in Economic Development

In February newspapers reported on a city council that was discussing the potential of defunding their economic development department a mere 3 years after its creation and 12 months after it had become fully staffed.  Read Story Even more troublesome?  The city completed a 62 page comprehensive economic development strategic …

Smart Goals Aren’t Always So Smart

I remember my first strategic planning process like it was yesterday.  The direction I got from my manager was: Start a planning process Get your group to agree on a vision Create SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely) Identify the action you’ll take to achieve the goals End …

Before Strategic Planning, Read This First

We spend a lot of time addressing the topics of strategy and planning as they pertain to businesses, communities and organizations, helping them to create strategies and follow through on them. The problem we see all to often is today’s strategic planning and comprehensive planning processes fall short of dealing the …