Unless someone, is ready, willing, and able, to strategically plan, in a relevant, sustainable manner, how can he possibly, hope, to become, a quality, meaningful, effective leader? Far too often, organizations, claim, to honor this process, but rather, than focus on developing the best, possible, strategy, rather than merely, an expedient excuse to complain, and blame others, etc, the possibilities, are often, exponentially, expanded, and broadened! After over 4 decades of involvement, in nearly every aspect of leadership, and, especially, planning, from identify, qualifying, training, developing, and consulting to thousands of actual, and/ or potential leaders, I have decided, a simple, effective way, to consider this process, is to examine, the ONGORS of strategic planning. With that in mind, this article will attempt to briefly examine, consider, review, and discuss, using the mnemonic approach, what this means and represents, and, why, it might be a smart approach.

1. Open – minded; organized: It’s important to begin with, and maintain am open – mind, in order to consider the possibilities, and alternatives, thorough, and with the most, well – considers, attention! One must be organized, in order to ensure the highest degree of effectiveness, in a relevant, sustainable manner!

2. Needs: Shouldn’t an organization’s strategic plan, be focused, on the true needs, of constituents, and the group, itself? Why should anyone, consider, greater involvement, and commitment, unless/ until, he perceives its purpose, as addressing their needs, goals and priorities?

3. Goals; greater good: Before developing any strategic plan, it’s important to carefully consider, and address the goals, which should be addressed and assisted, by how the organization proceeds. This strategic planning must focus on the greater – good, rather than any personal/ political agenda, and/ or, self – interest!

4. Options; opportunities: There’s usually many decisions, and alternatives, to choose from, and which, options, and paths, are the best ways to proceed. Any planning must include a willingness, and ability to consider, and recognize the finest opportunities, which will make the group, stronger, and more viable/ sustainable!

5. Ramifications: Every action taken, or avoided, has potential ramifications. A true leader’s strategy must consider, and recognize these, and must include, processes, for handling, potential challenges, and the creation of well – considered, contingency plans!

6. Sustainable system: It’s not going to make a difference, for the better, until/ unless, any process, aims to perceive and conceive of, consider, create, develop, and implement a viable, relevant, sustainable system, which emphasizes quality, and meaningful service!

Will you consider the ONGORS of strategic planning? Will you keep them, in mind, when you plan, the best way, to proceed?