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Reverse Strategic Planning: Evaluating A Team’s Workplace Productivity (LibraryWorks Webinar)

Reverse Strategic Planning: Evaluating A Team’s Workplace Productivity (LibraryWorks Webinar) In-Person

The Massachusetts Library System is pleased to announce that we have partnered with LibraryWorks to provide our members with access to their webinars.  These webinars are free to Massachusetts library workers who register through our calendar.  Because we are working with an outside partner, it is important that you cancel your registration in the event that you are unable to attend the webinar.

Formal strategic planning usually starts with an overarching mission and vision statement to prioritize long term goals and guide management-level decisions for the workplace.

Reverse strategic planning, on the other hand, starts with the grassroots: the reality of what priorities personnel use to make decisions and take action. Formal planning tends to be idealistic; reverse strategic planning tends to be pragmatic: the difference between the “right” way to do things and the “real” way.

Reverse strategic planning is about creating a group snapshot of what members of a team, department, committee, or staff (25 people or less) are doing, based on what they think is important:

In the meeting, everyone creates a prioritized list, which is posted and commented upon by the entire group, whose participants make comments in writing. Then each person makes a brief presentation, responding to comments and questions. This helps people understand what co-workers do and how everyone’s work fits together.

This snapshot can reveal where a group is regarding current project goals, job descriptions, contracts, strategic plans, and much more. Project management flags, such as project drift, pet projects, and overreach, are revealed. Also, it can provide useful clues about which employees see and understand the big picture and which are “hiding out,” do their jobs without consideration for how their choices can impact the bigger picture.


  • Evaluate the progress of projects of events, projects, plans, and causes.
  • Reveal issues with how resources are being used.
  • Create a working strategic plan based on what people are already doing.

Presenter: Pat Wagner has been a trainer and consultant for libraries for over 40 years. She focuses on personnel, management, and leadership issues, including marketing, project management, and tech services productivity.

Thursday, June 2, 2022
2:00pm - 3:00pm
Time Zone:
Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)

Registration is required. There are 86 seats available. Waiting list may be available if full.

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