An Overview of Sensible Strategic Planning

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Course Details

60 to 90 minutes


$35 (US funds)

About the Course

Understand what is needed to efficiently produce a strategic plan that always remains relevant, realistic and flexible. This course is ideal for orienting your planners to a planning process that will position their organization to thrive well into the future.

This course can be completed as a stand-alone or as a part of the Certificate-Series Facilitating Strategic Planning.

Learning Outcomes
  • Broaden your definition of consulting to expand your options
  • Distinguish strategic planning and its applications from the other types of planning in organizations
  • Determine the purposes and benefits of strategic planning, including how to share that knowledge with others in your organization
  • Translate descriptions of a generic strategic planning process to be specific to your for-profit or nonprofit organization
  • Recognize strategic information that should be included, and what should not be in your Strategic Plan document
  • Identify the kinds of questions that should be addressed in strategic thinking and the type of thinking that produces the most impactful Strategic Plans
  • Grasp the overall strategic framework needed to customize a plan to the needs of your organization
  • Begin customizing your planning process, acknowledging different models of planning and the applicability of each
Tools & Resources
  • Training Video
  • Pre and Post Assessments
  • Learning Journal
  • Sources for Additional Learning (recommended interactive exercise(s), book(s), discussion group and questions for reflection about the topic)

Downloadable Resources

  • An Overview of Sensible Strategic Planning
  • Eighteen Tips to Enhance Your Strategic Planning
  • Comparison of For-Profit and Nonprofit Strategic Planning
  • Glossary of Strategic Planning Terms

How it Works: To Enroll & Get Started

Enrollment Instructions

1-icon Create your account. Go to CDI’s learning site. Read the brief “Welcome” section and click on “Create new account”.
2-icon Select a course or series. Click on CDI’s Catalog of Courses and Certificate-Series, and select the desired course or series.
3-icon Enroll. Click on “Enroll me” in the course or series. Use Paypal for major credit cards, or enter an enrollment key if you have one.

Log-in & Learning Instructions

4-icon Log in. If you are not already logged in, then log into CDI’s learning site, using your username and password.
5-icon Start your course. Click on your course in the upper right. (For a series, follow the specified order of courses.) In the course, follow “Start Here”.
6-icon Proceed at your own pace. Interact with others in the discussion group. For support, see CDI Help Center. Email us if you finished a Certificate.


Got a question? Want to talk to us?

Contact CDI at or its sponsoring organization, Authenticity Consulting, LLC, at (763) 971-8890.