Strategic planning

Strategic planning
American Mensa's Strategic Plan

What is strategic planning?

Strategic planning is designing a desired future and developing strategies for realizing it. The planning process gives important guidelines for making everyday business decisions and creates a template against which decisions can be evaluated. Strategic planning asks three simple but very important questions.

  • Where is your organization going?
  • What are the environmental factors that may affect how you do business?
  • How will you accomplish your goals?

Why is strategic planning important for American Mensa?

American Mensa incorporated as American Mensa, Ltd., in 1971. The corporation is governed by a board of directors, the American Mensa Committee. As AML has grown in size and complexity, the board has worked to assist and manage this growth while it has carried out its duties on behalf of the corporation: setting its policies and priorities and determining the organization's financial commitments.

From time to time, members of the board of directors have felt the need to adapt the structure and operations of governance at the national level to better serve the membership. Moving forward, a solid strategic plan will help American Mensa better define the authority and responsibility of the board of directors, officers, committees and staff, as well as set tangible goals — goals that will be important to the ongoing growth and development of the organization — and define measurements for the success of these goals.

The board hopes to become more strategic, spending more time on the big picture and less on operations. This means focusing more on the decisions that affect the ongoing growth and development of American Mensa and less on the development of rules and procedures.

Learn about how we're addressing strategic planning.

Find out how you can provide input to the process.

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