For many years strategic planning was conducted by the top leaders in the organization without much input from the people who actually have to carry out the plan. Leaders typically assessed the organization’s position in the market using tools such as SWOT (Strengths Weaknesses, Opportunities and threats) and PEST (Political, Economic, Social and Technological).

While these methods have merit, best practices and contemporary research in organizational behavior, employee engagement and positive psychology are showing that a strengths based approach to strategic planning that seeks to engage staff at all levels and external stakeholders, resulting in a clearer strategic direction, greater buy in, and improved probability of executing the plan. SOAR (Strength, Opportunities, Aspirations, and Results) is an Appreciative Inquiry based approach to strategic planning that promotes collaboration and innovation through meaningful conversations. It’s simplicity makes it a powerful tool that is scalable and easily facilitated by leaders and internal consultants.


  • Understand the strengths based foundations of SOAR
  • Explore the benefits of SOAR versus traditional planning approaches
  • Describe the steps in SOAR analysis
  • Explore how one organization is applying SOAR to shift the way it thinks, plans and leads at the organization, department, and team level

Who Should Attend

Organizational managers, leaders, HR professionals responsible for planning and action and anyone responsible for facilitating strategic planning sessions


Vanita Bellen, MHSC., True North Organizational Consultants


0.40 Continuing Education Units
3.75 HRCI
Course ID #MGMT167

Class Details

Location:Employers Council, 1799 N Pennsylvania St, Denver, CO 80203-1310
Time:8:30 am to 12:30 pm
Member Price:$165.00
Non-Member Price:$250.00
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