Four Tips for Remote Strategy Discussions
There are countless options for virtual work
Strategic planning is board work—it’s how volunteer leaders set an association’s direction. But it’s staff work as well. The staff is responsible for assembling the data and crafting an agenda that allows the board to have meaningful strategic discussions. And as with just about everything else, doing it remotely has both virtues and challenges.
Heidi Ellis, senior director, member and district strategy, for the International Society for Technology in Education, helps coordinate staff conversations around the association’s strategic plan. And being a tech-focused association with staff in multiple offices, ISTE was better prepared than many to handle remote conversations once the pandemic hit. But calls about strategy that can include up to 30 people can be challenging.
Ellis will talk more fully about making those discussions work at the 2022 ASAE Annual Meeting & Expo during her session, “Strategic Planning With Your Team—Engaged, Invested, and Fully Remote!,” at 2 p.m. on August 21. In advance of the session, she shared a few insights about what she’s learned about leading remote strategy discussions.
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