If you don't know where you're going, how will you get there? If you don't know why you're going, how will you know you've succeeded?

On Target Strategies works with you to design a more effective future -- for your clients, staff, board and community. Starting with an assessment of your organization and its mission, On Target Strategies guides a simple, thoughtful process to help you make your positive future happen.

Our method ensures that we cover all aspects necessary so that your organization achieves:

  • a renewal of purpose
  • a commitment to your uniqueness and excellence
  • a blueprint for achievement
  • a communications plan

When should you call On Target Strategies?

  • When you have an exciting idea but need buy-in and a plan
  • When your Board and staff are not speaking the same language
  • When you are seeking new funders or your current funders develop new requirements
  • When you need to assess the effectiveness of current strategies and programs

Why On Target Strategies?

Set Direction

In Built to Last, Jim Collins proposes that long-term success has at its core an "audacious goal" which galvanizes the imagination and enrolls its members so that everyone is clear about what has to be achieved. While goals may differ in size, you need a dream hungering to be fulfilled.

Clarity

Setting direction pinpoints what is important - triggering concentration on the 20% of effort that produces 80% of your results. Your organization knows not only when to say yes and when to say no, but why.

Alignment

Alignment produces transparency about each person's role and responsibilities. All stakeholders, internal and external, are identified and their interactions understood and delineated.

Measurement

Detailed and flexible plans lead to robust, concrete implementation separating planning from dreaming. Accountability is integral. Performance indicators should be reviewed periodically so that necessary adjustments can be made to achieve goals.

Enthusiasm

    A successful team reduces obstacles to mere speed bumps. A passionate and dedicated team will always go the extra distance, because they are committed to winning.

We work with you by:

  • Listening
  • Analyzing
  • Collaborating
  • Appreciating
  • Designing
  • Facilitating visioning, planning and dialogue
  • Training board and staff
  • Synthesizing
  • Developing workable operating plans with appropriate performance measures

Our five step process is governed by the answers to these important questions:

  • Where are you now?
  • Where do you want to go?
  • What do you need to do to get there?
  • What resources are required?
  • What do you need to measure to ensure success?

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Judith E. Katz is President of On Target Strategies, which consults with corporate and nonprofit organizations in strategic planning, organizational development and operational improvement. She has a track record of leadership in strategic management, competitive positioning and organizational effectiveness.

Ms Katz has been head of planning for American Express Company as well as Senior Vice President of Finance and Planning for two divisions of the company. She was Vice President of Planning for Provident Life and Accident and Vice President of Information and Education for Barnes & Noble where she directed a nationwide community relations program in all stores. Ms. Katz has also been President of a nationally accredited, 4000 student, career oriented two-year college.

In a variety of consulting assignments, she has formulated responses to emerging business threats, designed new marketing and pricing strategies, focused businesses on their key competitive competencies and re-designed organizations to be customer responsive. Her corporate clients have included Morgan Stanley Worldwide Operations, ING North America, BMG, Kmart and, most recently, Con Edison. As an executive and consultant with non-profit organizations, she has successfully designed new marketing and pricing for a community college, trained all key personnel for a new community health center, worked with a regional economic development agency pinpointing areas of opportunity for profitable investment, led a key study in sustainable development, facilitated a design for a newly integrated city and county school system and wrote a resource handbook for small and minority business. Recently, she designed a leadership development program for regional directors of the New York Department of Education and worked with the director on a new strategic plan.

Ms Katz has taught strategic planning for the American Management Association (AMA) and Polytechnic University. She has been a featured speaker at the Conference Board, the Harvard Club, the AICPA and the Planning Executives organization.

Ms Katz graduated from the Sloan School at MIT with an S.M. in Management and from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a Master of Arts in Teaching degree. Her undergraduate studies were at Brandeis University where she graduated cum laude with Honors in History. She has received additional training in the philosophy and practice of Appreciative Inquiry and she has completed a course as an Interim Chief Executive at the Support Center for Nonprofit Management.

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