Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations & Results
SOAR is a strategy formulation and planning framework that allows an organization to plan its most preferred future. SOAR takes the Appreciative Inquiry philosophy and applies it to provide a strategic thinking and dialog process. SOAR applications include: strategy, strategic planning, team building, coaching, leadership development, and strategic summits.
Strategy is fundamental to organizational performance. The traditional approach to strategic planning is SWOT. SOAR stands for:
In the Thin Book of SOAR, authors Jacqueline Stavros and Gina Hinrichs present a positive approach to strategic planning. They say, “Weaknesses and threats are not ignored. They are reframed and given the appropriate focus within the opportunities and results conversations. Ultimately it becomes a question of balance. Why not spend as much time or more on what you do well and how you can strengthen a strategic advantage? What gives you more energy to take action? What gives you confidence to set a stretch goal and achieve results?”
SOAR is used by thousands of organizations around the world that want to achieve positive results and make strategy part of everyone’s job!