A new ASE strategy
24 October 2011
My favourite quote from the US TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer was from a scene where Buffy, as was often the case, was in a seemingly impossible situation. Usually this involved escapees from the underworld laying waste to the population around her school. She was surrounded by her usual, fairly inept contemporaries to whom she addressed the immortal line: “I’ve got a strategy – you’re not in it”. A succinct put-down if ever there was one.
You could say that I am in a contrasting situation. I need a strategy for the next five years (or rather ASE does), you’re all in it and you’re welcome to be part of creating it. However, I’m not expecting escapees from the underworld to feature among the challenges ahead.
This is why we need a new strategy. ASE now has a shiny new structure. The new Council has had a transition meeting and looks forward to its first full meeting in November. The Assembly has met and has discussed how it will work in future. The old Council and I refreshed the existing Strategic Plan in 2009, knowing that these huge changes would be taking place, but now we need to think about the next five years. We need to consider what ASE needs to do to pursue the mission, and what we’re all going to do to as part of that. During the next year, I will be putting together the thoughts and ideas from all sectors of ASE to create a Strategic Plan which will fit the current situation, and I would like input from all of those who care about the future of ASE. This will be an exciting time – it will include the year when we celebrate our 50th anniversary - so it is important to get it right.
Here is how you can get involved. The first task is to ensure that we have the mission statement, and the vision right. The staff Leadership Team and the new Council have already tackled two questions:
- What is the purpose of ASE? (In three bullet points.)
- What should ASE’s mission statement be?
A number of Honorary Members who responded when I wrote to them recently will, hopefully, also answer these questions when I ask them shortly. Any readers of this blog who care to answer them are very welcome to put in their thoughts, either in the comment box below or directly to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The final responsibility for the new plan is with Council so I will be using these responses to build a plan for Council to debate. I look forward to hearing from you.
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