In addition to educating and evaluating diagnostically, the Spitzer Center assists organizations and leaders in developing plans to reach their desired/ultimate goals. Based upon assessments, the Spitzer Center guides the development of the following types of plans: Culture Plan, Strategic Plan, Leadership Plan. Most importantly, we then help you execute your plans.
Culture + Strategy = MISSION FULFILLMENT
A properly cultivated organizational culture enhances teamwork, purpose, and trust, and thus the seeds of strategic planning have a fertile seedbed for the mission of the organization to take root and thrive.
This is an example of a Strategic Plan final deliverable we share with our customers. As you’ll notice immediately, it’s much lighter that your typical thick 3-ring binder strategic plan that you’d receive from most. And we, and the dioceses we’ve worked with, think it’s much more effective too:
The shared values and beliefs that guide the thinking and behavior within our organizations can impact the success in achieving our mission priorities and objectives. These values and beliefs define our culture, and are the lever that drives success or creates obstacles that impede our progress. We analyze characteristics of the culture by identifying Constructive behavior styles which we build upon, and Defensive behavior styles we minimize. Our approach in building strong, contributive cultures lies in the cornerstone of the Four Levels of Happiness; our thoughts, words and deeds point to the greater common good of all.
Our focus/methods of improvement in a Culture Plan addresses:
— Mission and philosophy
— Organizational design
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”
Within our organizations, we have a powerful force that is waiting to be unleashed to achieve shared goals and expectations. That force is inspired by the Holy Spirit and lies within the hearts and souls of each member of our organization. When the vision of our leaders is shared with clarity, alignment along that vision grows to become reality. The process of creating the roadmap into the future begins with sharing the Mission, Vision and Values that become the cornerstone of our plan. The process of collaboratively setting goals and strategic choices to achieve the leaders vision builds energy, engagement and excitement throughout the organization.
When a Strategic Plan should be considered:
— When there has been a change in leadership
— When no plan has previously been established
— Significant new ventures are being considered (expanding parishes, schools, etc.)
— Prior to the expiration of the time horizon of a previous plan
— Upon review of an existing plan in which goals or objectives need to be restated
Benefits of Strategic Planning:
— Define/Refine the identity and purpose of Diocese
— Provide common and guiding values
— Provide a vision for the future from the perspective of the Bishop
— Establish realistic goals consistent with the mission
— Communicate goals to staff, Presbyterate and all members of the Diocese
— Instill in the staff and Presbyterate a sense of ownership and buy-in
— Establish a plan that most effectively uses human and financial capital
— Provide a means to measure success
— Establish a forum and platform through which opinions are heard
Acknowledging there has only been one person born as a perfect leader, we help others continually refine their leadership skills and abilities. To accomplish all we are called for, leaders must clarify a common vision, inspire others to that vision, and guide others as a beacon of hope. We demonstrate how to create opportunities for personal growth in others entrusted to them in their mission. Our programs such as Leadership Impact and Confidence and Providence help to align differing interests around clearly defined values and a common vision.
A Leadership Plan is effective for all leaders looking to:
— Build Confidence
— Strengthen Effectiveness
— Establish a Strategy for Improvement
The more I study Fr. Spitzer’s insights about building the Kingdom of God, the better do I realize the impact it would have on the Church and beyond…”Bishop Roger W. Gries, OSB