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ToP Strategic Planning

Description: Teaches how to facilitate participatory strategic planning resulting in group consensus and plans that are actually implemented. This methodology is especially useful with larger groups of stakeholders and groups holding diverse ideas. Strategic plans using this powerful process can be accomplished in as little as two days. Weaves the powerful ToP® Facilitation Methods into an integrated approach to strategic planning. The resulting plans are realistic, achievable and easy to monitor.

Provides step-by-step instructions for the five phases of developing a strategic plan:

  1. Preparation and Design
  2. Practical Vision
  3. Underlying Contradictions
  4. Strategic Directions
  5. Focused Implementation



  • Identify well-focused actions that lead to big breakthroughs.
  • Weave together the basic tools to address complex meeting requirements.
  • Lead a structured planning process that results in concrete accomplishments.
  • Experience, practice and learn to facilitate the complete strategic planning process.



  • Aligns members around common goals and long-term strategies.
  • Enables a group to commit to a common vision and own the resulting plan.
  • Motivates groups and organizations to take focused action.
  • Generates high levels of participation and commitment.


Who Should Take this Course:

  • Those needing to collaborate with large numbers of stakeholders to develop long-term strategy quickly
  • Executives, managers and organizational leaders who depend on others for successful implementation of organization strategies
  • Board members, educators and individuals responsible for leading organizations into the future
  • Facilitators and strategic planning consultants
  • Local, state, and federal leaders and program managers

Course Length: Two days

Prerequisite: ToP® Facilitation Methods

Upcoming ToP Courses

Facilitation for Innovation: Inspiring Group Creativity (1 Day)
August 11, 2020

Technology of Participation (ToP) PUBLIC COURSES Online

Facilitation Methods Online: Collaborative Skills for Leaders:  September 2020:  9 modules, each 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM:

Focused Conversation: 8, 9, 11; Consensus Workshop 14, 15, 18; Action Planning 21, 22 and 25

ToP Strategic Planning Online Edition: Mornings 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM – September 28-October 2, 2020

Approaches to Environmental Scanning (1 Day)
October 20, 2020

ToP Secrets of Implementation (2 Days)
February 11-12, 2020

ToP Strategic Planning (2 Days)
October 7-8, 2019, April 15-16, 2020

Facilitation Graphics (1 Day)
October 28, 2019, December 8, 2020

Mastering the Technology of Participation  MToP (4 Quarterly Intensives)
Feb. 19-21, 2020, May 20-22, Aug. 19-21, Nov. 18-20, 2020

All courses in Sacramento unless otherwise specified.
All courses 8:30 am to 5:00 pm unless indicated

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