Visioning and Strategic Planning

Strategic Thinking

Curriculum Guideline Five

When carrying out Visioning and Strategic Planning, court leaders think and act futuristically and strategically by anticipating and promoting change.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Ability to distinguish between routine problems and strategic court issues;

  • Ability to develop and modify plans to address strategic issues;

  • Ability to understand the implications of seemingly unrelated events for the courts;

  • Ability to identify the potential system-wide implications of court activities;

  • Knowledge of the power of empowering and collaborating with others in creating a preferred court future, which moves thinking past current constraints to what a court might be at its best;

  • Skill in soliciting and listening to other’s ideas about how the court is and should be functioning;

  • Ability to recognize and use new approaches proposed by court and justice system insiders, other jurisdictions, and national authorities;

  • Ability to create a forum to involve the community in visioning and strategic planning rather than reacting and reaching out only when the court is faced with an internal or external crisis;

  • Ability to build coalitions and partnerships -- public and private -- to address long-term needs;

  • Knowledge of the value and implications of staying power, patience, and tenacity when conceiving and implementing court improvement plans and projects.

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