Planning & Strategy

Specialising in small community organisations and start-ups

Stepping outside established patterns and doing things on our own can be challenging. When something feels vital to our survival, our deepest fears and traumas will be stirred. For most of us, confronting these wounds fires our “overwhelmed masculine” into gear, that patriarchal voice in our head that wants to force outcomes into being through the “engineering/fix-it-mind”. We need tools to bring this energy into balance with a more sacred feminine-based practice of trusting in intuition and emergence.

The Earth Ethos planning & strategy journey opens you to the sky-like nature of new ideas and limitless possibilities before bringing you back to earth to see what emerges through sacred synchronicity. There is a right time and a place for your dreams and visions. There is no separation between business and personal, the sacred and the mundane. The journey matters as much as the outcome, and might involve these steps:

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1. Checking in

Most people come to the process with an idea already in mind. But what of this idea is based on survival energy versus what you really want? What are your personal hopes and fears for this work? Where on your medicine wheel do you feel most solid, and where is there anxiety?

2. Long-term goal setting

This is about practicing a sky-like open mind grounded in your earthly hopes and fears. These are the long-term goals that require no “how” thinking and can be as simple and personal or as big and ambitious as needed.

3. Exploring stakeholders and interpersonal dynamics

What are your key relationships and which people matter most on this journey? Where is there existing interpersonal tension that needs to be worked through? Question marks and mystery are fine, as this can shift some energy and bring new people into your life as needed.

4. Walking the path

This is about visioning your journey backwards from your vision of success to now. Sometimes called a theory of change, we will seek to balance some of your logical thinking with your creativity to identify concrete steps or markers that will guide us on our journey. We use this process to reveal things we might not have considered before.

5. Identifying specific and time sensitive objectives

Starting with the smallest steps and not worrying about what comes next can be a great mind-set to be in. If we trust our goals and the process of developing our theory of change, we will get there little by little even if it does not make sense to your “engineering mind”.

6. Developing planning and project management tools

Simple and custom tools to help with planning. Whatever works, not what you “should” be using.

7. Ongoing support and coaching

You don’t have to do anything alone.

Please see Lukas’s page on LinkedIn for more information, and contact us.