Directors and key figures within the Garrison workforce came together for a two day Strategic Planning Session held at WSMR’s Frontier Club Jan. 14 and 15. WSMR Garrison Commander Col. Brian Michelson led the day-long sessions in an attempt to streamline processes and procedures and create a one year to five year plan of action for the major changes that are up ahead.
“This is something that organizations needed to do,” Michelson said. “We have to make sure we’re adapting quickly to the challenges and changes.”
The goal of the meeting is to develop guidance for the upcoming fiscal year, something he said he plans to do for FY15. Michelson said the next meeting should take place around the summer time in order to provide enough time to develop guidance. Michelson said the guidance will focus on visions, values, missions and outcomes that matter. He said the guidance will also fall in line with the priorities of IMCOM and WSMR’s senior commander.
This was the first time the WSMR Garrison directorates met at this capacity. Michelson quoted Gen. (R) Eric Shinseki, currently secretary of Veterans Affairs, when he said, “if you don’t like change you are going to like irrelevance even less.” Michelson said that with the current fiscal challenges, the departure of the 2nd Engineer Battalion, and an upcoming Army Audit Readiness it is important to develop a plan of action for the next year, three years, and five years.
“We’re trying to look out at the horizon, you don’t want to live hand-to-mouth,” Michelson said.
Directors within Garrison were also asked to invite a manager from within the directorate to attend the sessions. Army Community Service Director Patsy Gomez said it was a good opportunity to be able to attend an event like this because it gave her a chance to see the process in action.
“(The sessions also served) as a developmental opportunity to show some of our rising leaders how the planning gets done,” Michelson said.
During the meeting each director provided a short presentation on their particular issues and what they feel could help streamline the processes. Gomez said the sessions proved to be beneficial to several directorates because, “you get to see everyone’s bigger picture.” Gomez said what she liked most about the sessions was that the issues that were prioritized for future follow-up were done so as a group effort.
“It can’t be any one person’s plan it has to be a collective plan and that’s the intent. We have to help our organizations move forward,” Michelson said.
Over 27 Garrison workforce representatives attended the two-day long session that was coordinated by Management and Program Analyst Edward Stahl. Michelson said it was Stahl’s heavy lifting that got the sessions running. Stahl said the sessions were quite successful being that they were the first of its kind.
“When everyone is on the same sheet of music; communicating and working towards the same goals then it makes for a stronger workforce that can accomplish more by throwing its collective weight at priorities that matter and will make a difference,” Stahl said.