Change Management and Strategic Planning
A Unique, State-of-the-art Approach to Defining the
Future and How to Get There!
An Alternative to "Doing the Same Old Things"
and "Getting the Same Old Results"
Advance Your Business by "Discovering Common Ground"
among all stake holders by using this unique, highly effective
approach to long range strategic planning, in real time, that
goes beyond traditional strategic planning and involves the
entire "community" surrounding the organizational
entity searching for its desirable future.
FUTURE SEARCH CONFERENCE is based on methods
and principles developed and set forth by Marvin Weisbord,
Sandra Janoff and numerous other professionals who, over many
years of research and practice has contributed to the understanding
of large group dynamics and systems theory. Explore Future
Search Conference at: SearchNet
PRINCIPLES OF A FUTURE SEARCH
- Get the whole "system" in the room ~ representing
all influences involved
- Think globally ~ Act locally
- Focus on the future ~ acting "as if" 5 to 10
- Seek common ground by consensus ~ not solve problems
nor resolve conflict
- Self-managed process with facilitators creating an environment
- All participants stay for the entire conference
PURPOSE and BENEFITS
Establishes common purpose and contributions in addition
to the business of strategic planning
Shares responsibility and control by all constituents instead
of mandates from the "top"
Fosters commitment to the organizational mission from all
Broadens horizons and perspectives that guide short-term
Involves representation from internal and external influences
at levels beyond leaders and experts
WHEN TO USE THE
FURURE SEACH CONFERENCE APPROACH
This approach is highly effective when an organization
- Infuse energy and motivation to renew and revitalize organizations
- Shift organizations in transition from the past to the
- Identify and confront new or changed external conditions
affecting the organization
- Generate support, congruence and commitment from all
segments of the system
- Clarify the future purpose, roles and boundaries of the
organization and its interfaces
- People move from boundary feuds and protecting special
interests to mutual cooperation and support.
- The entire community looks beyond their assumptions and
fears to common ground "outside the box"
- Mutual understanding and focus develops to increase commitment
and support to implement and sustain action plans and change