CEO blog: Checking in on strategy!

It’s hard to believe we are past the midway point of summer 2019 already! There is nothing we love more as Canadians than to complain about our weather but there has truly been nothing to say but “Thank You!” for the hot sunny summer we’ve been having (at least here in Southern Ontario).

As is usually the case, once we get into August thoughts turn to the work ahead in the fall. Let’s face it, we all know the real new year is the first day after Labour Day in September!

This fall also marks the midway point of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital five year strategy: No boundaries.

HB No boundaries Strategic plan

No boundaries at Holland Bloorview

It’s hard to believe that it has been more than two and a half years since the Board of Trustees launched the massive engagement that led to our ambitious No boundaries strategic plan. Our plan was created through 1000+ touch-points with children, youth, former clients (whom we now call alumni), families, staff and community partners. It launched in 2017 at a great event in our cafeteria that was co-hosted with family leader, Alifa Khan. This five year plan challenged us to personalize pathways, discover for action and connect the system powered by mobilizing people and teams, evolving client-centred quality and safety, co-creating with children, youth, families and alumni and leading and modeling social change.

When we launched No boundaries, we committed to a check in to review, refine and refresh our strategic plan in 2019.

Why engage in a strategy check in?

Two and a half years ago we said we would hold ourselves accountable to the ambition of the No boundaries strategy. We wanted to make sure that we wouldn’t cruise through the back half of the plan, nor did we want to hit five years and realize that we hadn’t made the kind of impact that is embodied in our vision: the most meaningful and healthy futures for all children, youth and families.

We wanted to make sure that Holland Bloorview was part of any conversation about child health and was influencing meaningful social change. In addition to having a bold strategy, we aspired to support it with a people-focused culture that would be second to none. After all, probably the most quoted business axiom ever is that “culture eats strategy for lunch.”

At the halfway point of our No boundaries strategy, much has changed for children, youth, alumni, families and Holland Bloorview staff: in the public policy environment with the change of provincial government and a federal election coming in fall 2019; in the research and innovation ecosystems; in technology, among our academic and healthcare partners; in the healthcare system and in community and home. A strategy check in will give us an opportunity to step back from our day-to-day work to explore what is progressing, what might need to evolve, and what we might need to consider to ensure we are making the biggest possible impact.

What will we achieve with the strategy check in?

With the strategy check in we will:

  • Lead an engaging and meaningful strategy process with our children, youth, families, alumni, staff and partners;
  • Share No Boundaries accomplishments to date; and
  • Ensure we are on the right course and evolve as necessary.

How do you get involved?

We plan on creating a rapid and powerful strategy check in process between September and October 2019 with our children, youth, families, alumni, staff and partners. There will be many ways to get involved including in-person sessions in October and through digital engagement opportunities (keep an eye out for updates on our website and social media channels).

Days are (already) getting shorter!

Enjoy the end of summer with friends, family and loved ones. It’s going to be a busy and exciting fall at Holland Bloorview!

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