Living Into Your Strategic Plan: A Guide to Implementation That Gets Results

By Jacquelyn Hadley, Laura Lanzerotti, and Adam Nathan

In the Bridgespan Group's work developing strategic plans with clients, we've often heard a collective sigh of relief when the planning process is over. It's understandable. Strategic planning is hard work, and it's tempting to think that finishing the written plan is equivalent to crossing the finish line. But, of course, it isn't. Writing a strategic plan is only the first step towards achieving impact year after year. The next step is implementation, and often, this is where organizations stumble.

This six-step guide can help you and your organization create a path toward implementation. It provides strategies and tools nonprofits can use to implement their strategic plans in an effort to achieve impact year after year.

Introduction and Steps

Living Into Your Strategic Plan: Introduction

This introduction to "Living Into Your Strategic Plan: A Guide to Implementation That Gets Results" highlights important steps the to implementation process and provides guidance on how to get started.

Living Into Your Strategic Plan: Steps Overview

This overview provides short descriptions of each step of the implementation process.

Resources

Living Into Your Strategic Plan: Acknowledgments

A list of nonprofit leaders and organizations who provided insights for "Living Into Your Strategic Plan: A Guide to Implementation That Gets Results."

Living Into Your Strategic Plan: Glossary

This glossary explains terms used in "Living Into Your Strategic Plan: A Guide to Implementation That Gets Results."

Living Into Your Strategic Plan: Tools and Templates Index

Here is a list of tools and templates referenced in "Living Into Your Strategic Plan: A Guide to Implementation that Gets Results."

Has Your Organization Successfully Moved from Strategic Planning to Implementation?

Bridgespan Group Manager Laura Lanzerotti recently asked members of the Bridgestar LinkedIn communities about their organizations’ experiences moving from strategic planning to implementation. Their answers provide useful advice for organizations moving from strategy to implementation.