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What Is Long Range Planning?
Our association will soon begin long range planning. What does that mean, and what will be
happening? Simply stated, long range planning is a process we use to determine where we’re going
and how we’re going to get there. It includes these steps:
- ASSESSING OUR CURRENT POSITION. We will identify our strengths, weaknesses,
opportunities, and threats. Knowing where we are now will help get us where we want to be
in the future.
- IDENTIFYING OUR PURPOSE. This will become our “mission statement.” For example,
“Our association exists to ensure the highest possible quality of life for all residents.”
- SETTING GOALS THAT IDENTIFY WHAT WE NEED TO ACHIEVE THE MISSION. Our goals will be
specific and measurable, and will provide an indication of how we’re doing as we progress.
- DECIDING HOW TO MEET OUR GOALS. We may have to allocate resources,
create committees, or undertake other tasks to achieve our goals.
- DEVELOPING AN ACTION PLAN. Each step will require a specific action plan. For
example, if a committee is needed, who will serve, exactly what tasks will be assigned, and
when will the results be needed?
- MONITORING AND UPDATING OUR PLAN. We’ll review the long range plan regularly.
If we learn that our earlier ideas and goals were shortsighted or uninformed, we’ll update
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