A plan is not putting you in a box and forcing you to stay there. A plan is a guide to keep you on course, efficient, and safe.
Strategic planning provides an opportunity to influence the future and assume a proactive approach. It provides focus, direction and purpose to your day to day activity. Strategy is a commitment to
big picture goals and a move away from playing catch up and managing crisis after crisis. It can also help organisations and managment teams decide where to spend their time, how to make the most of their people, and how to direct funding.
Our Approach to Developing Organisations
At Kirkmillan, we understand that organisations of all kinds can find it difficult to take time away from day to day business to undertake strategic work and long-term planning. This can therefore become a neglected area.
Many organisations find the prospect of writing a strategic plan or thinking about the long term hindered by a lack of certainty about the future regulatory and funding environment. This can be often exacerbated by a lack of confidence in being able to think in a different way.
In our experience, creating the right conversation and structure can support the development of a strategy that is inclusive and visionary, whist being future proof, and deliverable.
The strategic support we offer goes beyond the production of a document in isolation, we can work with you to help make the connections with your operational arrangements, staffing structures and financial planning.
Our experience is with Chief Executives and staff teams. We have also worked with Boards and Trustees, to help build capacity, and capability in carrying out their distinct and important responsibilities. The legal framework around charities can be daunting, and we have an approach that is asset based, building on the great commitment, energy and knowledge that is already available, sometimes hidden or undervalued because of day to day pressures.
Kirkmillan is a strong value driven business, we believe in creating a strong relationship with clients, understanding and valuing their history and uniqueness. Before helping you move forward, it is important to celebrate what has gone before. The question how did you get here? is just as important as where do you want to go?
We have recently worked with a range of organisations to deliver a range of outcomes:
- Developing strategic plans to set out ambition and values.
- Building operational plans to support day to day business delivery.
- Support the development of new staffing structures, job roles and recruitment arrangements.
- Providing support with funding options for new and existing business propositions and supporting grant application processes.
- Hands on support as organisations experience a change of leadership.
- Doing one off pieces of work to enable organisations to focus on day to day priorities.
What People have said about Us
I engaged Kirkmillan Consulting to work with me and my managers on identifying realistic diversification opportunities for my organisation. The strategic planning day involved 25 multi-disciplinary staff with different perspectives, over a day's session. Beverley had thoroughly researched our sector and market environment, and so was fully prepared to take us through a structured analysis. Her style is professional, warm, engaging and empowering - she is a consummate professional. The outcome from the day was a clearly identified range of potential opportunities into which we could diversify, as well as potential sources of funding. The next steps are to carry out cost benefit analysis of these opportunities, and prioritise accordingly. Beverley's contribution to this work has been significant, and I will be commissioning her services again, and would recommend her consultancy service without hesitation.
Mary Geaney, Chief Executive, Rossie Young People's Trust
Beverley’s winning response to our tender was a well-thought proposal that not only addressed the key issues we presented but also took a wider view of potential underlying factors. During the short engagement she quickly assimilated the key points and presented a comprehensive report of her findings to our board within the challenging timescale that we set. Beverley’s approach included the services of a highly experienced associate, which gave us a richer picture of how our organisation could move forward by making recommended improvements. The board of trustees was appreciative of the excellent work and was encouraged to have a firm baseline from which to develop.
Trustee, Camphill Corbenic