Strategic Planning: Now is the Time!

Lake Zurich, IL

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This class has been approved for 4 hours of Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs continuing education by the ILETSB.


»»Understand dif ferent strategic planning approaches and techniques and their attendant advantages and disadvantages

»»Become familiar with strategic plan implementation and follow-up and how strategic planning fits into other organizational functions, such as budgeting and accountability

»»Learn how to conduct strategic planning using interactive learning simulation exercises, or “learning by doing”


This workshop is a “guided tour” of the practical techniques and fundamental principles of the strategic planning process. This workshop specifically focuses on developing skills and understanding the power of analyzing current organizational situations, laying out long-and short-range objectives, developing implementation plans, and building an effective policy decision framework for an organizational strategic plan. Topics will include environmental scanning, problem identification, SWOT analyses, strategy formulation, implementation planning, and various sub-elements of the process such as the construction of scenarios.

Instructor -

Gerald Gabris, Ph.D., is a Professor at NIU in the Division of Public Administration. Jerry completed a five-year term (2004- 2009) as Director of NIU’s nationally-ranked Public Administration Program and holds the title of Distinguished Teaching Professor at NIU. He is a specialist in organizational development, personnel management, leadership, and governing board dynamics. A nationally recognized expert in organizational behavior, Jerry has published over 60 articles and book chapters in human resources management and organizational behavior, and he is the past managing editor of Public Administration Review, his field’s leading academic journal. Jerry earned an AB, an MA, and a Ph.D. in 1977 from the University of Missouri-Columbia.