The facilitator may want to review the outcomes and benefits that result from strategic planning. Strategic planning is driven by the future and through it the leaders try to bring that future about. The plan talks about what will be different in the organization. Transformation takes time, which is why a strategic plan has a 5-to 20-year horizon.
The facilitator may also explain the strategic planning model and the fact that the team will be working on the strategic framework.
He or she should define the vision, mission, guiding principles, and planning assumptions in their simplest terms. They can be discussed in more detail as each is developed.
An idealized view
of where or what an organization would like to be in the future.
An enduring statement of purpose. Describes what the organization does, who it
does it for, and how it does it.
The values and philosophy of an organization that guide the behavior of its
A belief based upon past experience and knowledge about how current and future events, both internal and external to the organization, are likely to affect the achievement of desired results.
Depending on what the facilitator gleaned from the interview data, he or she may want to discuss other aspects of the strategic planning process or to provide other definitions. The facilitator will, of course, need to remain sensitive to the needs of the team, to have question-and-answer sessions, and to take breaks as needed.