On Monday, February 15th, CMC kicked off the new year with a day long strategic planning retreat! The entire board of directors got together with members of the staff to form CMC’s strategic planning committee. We spent the day with the team from Ascend Advisors at the Cleveland Metroparks CanalWay Nature Center in Cuyahoga Heights. The staff and board are not usually all in the same room together, so it was nice to be able to talk with members of the board, to meet the new people, and to congratulate our new executive committee.
After a presentation from Ascend, we split in to small groups to work on a visioning exercise — we were asked to think about what CMC would be doing in 2020. We then took turns presenting our ideas to each other. Each of the groups had a slightly different take on CMC’s future, and it was fun to see what everyone came up with. We were also asked to take pictures to go along with our presentations – check those out below!
I think that being able to spend the day talking about CMC with members of both the staff and board brought us closer together as a team, and another step closer to forming our strategic plan. The February retreat was the first of many strategic planning meetings, and I am looking forward to seeing how things progress.