We specialize in strategy development for all your key organizational challenges.
Building a vibrant, sustainable, and impactful organization is no small task. It takes time, resources, perseverance, and planning. We recommend a systemic approach to sustainability that: 1) properly position you in the community, 2) reflects the importance of your mission, and 3) demonstrates the effectiveness of your work.
1) You need to fully understand your environment: constituent need, industry trends, competitors, and your position in the community. 2) Know your strengths and weaknesses as an organization. 3) Develop a dynamic strategic plan designed to build your strength, shore up your weaknesses, and optimize your impact.
To plan your work and work your plan is sage advice. The strategic plan has been the source of much confusion and conflagration, but also a boundless source of direction, evaluation, and progress. One thing you don’t want to do: Toss it on the shelf and never look at it again.
At Questus Strategies we have adopted and adapted several processes that maximize the effectiveness of your planning process and work to develop a living, breathing, dynamic plan. We won’t produce a fluffy plan that is measured in pages, heavy on boilerplate and language that doesn’t directly help you manage your goals and objectives. Our process engages your stakeholders: board, community, constituents, and donors. We will help you focus your vision and set measurable goals and objectives with an action plan that meets and exceeds your expectations.
Our organizational assessments deliver a critical eye towards improved performance. Q assessments allow you to step back and take stock of your situation from a totally different perspective. They can be applied at any time and are most useful during strategic planning periods, or when your mission is faced with a new challenge.
They can motivate a sluggish board, help funders make wise decisions, and assist you in learning how you are performing compared to your peers. They have the greatest impact when they include community engagement and when they are approached as a journey of learning rather than as a test of performance.
Engaging and involving community stakeholders is a critical step in developing effective programming. Research shows that greater impact is achieved with high levels of community involvement and participation. Community engagement builds and expands your social capital, which leads to better organizational outcomes and better communities.
We help create and support alliances and partnerships through optimal community engagement methods, such as focus groups, surveying, data mapping, town hall meetings, community forums, logic model process, capacity building, and participatory evaluation. We tailor our community engagement approach to fit your unique environment.
We view organizational resources as investments in optimizing performance. Performance leads to impact. We measure performance to guide development and improvement, and we measure impact for demonstrating success in achieving organizational goals. These data-driven demonstrations are increasingly important to funding sources. We function on the organizational, initiative, program, and/or project levels, depending on your current and future needs.
We provide a consistent and cohesive development and evaluation model that is flexible and responsive; and leverages the model’s components for scalability, effectiveness, and efficiency. What this means is that every piece of work we do for you integrates clearly and fully with your organizational goals and with each other.
Even when the best laid plans for transition are in place, organizations often find themselves in situations where they fall short in management capacity. In these situations, it is important to not let critical business functions fall between the cracks. Interim management is the temporary provision of management resources and skills, or the short-term assignment of specific expertise to manage a period of transition, crisis or change within an organization. In this situation, a permanent role may be unnecessary or impossible to find on short notice.
Questus Strategies’ team approach to problem solving and management guarantees your mission will continue unhampered by day-to-day issues. Donors, partners, volunteers, staff, and other stakeholders, will be ensured when skilled hands are on the rudder. Our team’s expertise can fulfill all your executive roles, from operational leader to marketing, development, and many program directorships.
In his book, Good to Great, Jim Collins stated the importance of getting the right people on your bus even before figuring out where to drive the bus. Great boards simply do not appear out of thin air, they take time and lot’s of personal and organizational assessment. We toss out the old model of targeting board members based upon standard archetypes.
Through strategic assessments and guidance we facilitate an understanding of your top priorities and then assist in identifying those types of individuals that will help you get there. Once your team is assembled, Questus Strategies will facilitate training to optimize your board’s effectiveness and work to build true leadership from within.