About Us

What We Offer

Intentional strategic planning engages all of an organization’s valuable stakeholders.

Strategy By Design enables each client organization to create a future that matches its goals, mandates, and mission. We assist nonprofit, arts, cultural, and other organizations across central Iowa and beyond.

We see potential. Looking beyond day-to-day demands, Strategy By Design works with clients to identify the group’s unique needs. With our clients, we devise custom strategies to match those needs. We guide clients to set achievable goals. We then partner with them to design an action plan. We facilitate processes that define a learning baseline. That learning baseline can be used as the organization changes and grows.

We design for success. Through intentional planning processes, our clients capitalize on assets and reveal new growth potential. Our strategies creates momentum for future success.

OUR STRATEGY

Strategy By Design works with organizations to create successful futures through these techniques:
1

EXAMINE MANDATES
We help organizations define the requirements of bylaws, regulations, and stakeholders.

2

UNDERSTAND NEEDS
We help identify and understand the needs of the organization’s members, leadership, staff, volunteers, and other key participants.

3

ASSESS CULTURE
We help evaluate the organizational culture and environment in order to facilitate matching strategies.

4

MAP PRIORITIES
We help prioritize needs and goals for organizations to effectively reach desired outcomes.

5

FACILITATE IMPLEMENTATION
We help facilitate strategic implementation plans that lead organizations to their goals for the future.

6

SET MEASURABLE GOALS
We help organizations create goals that are both concrete and achievable—enabling them to build on success.

7

DEFINE ACTION STEPS
We help organizations establish step-by-step action plans with checkpoints and defined time lines for each step.

8

ASSIGN RESPONSIBILITY
We help organizations assign responsibility for each step of the action plan—giving ownership to appropriate parties.

9

MONITOR PROGRESS
We help organizations follow through with six-month and one-year check-ins to review progress and make adjustments.

CONTACT US FOR A NO-OBLIGATION STRATEGY CONSULTATION FOR YOUR ORGANIZATION.

FRED DARBONNE, FOUNDER

Phone: [319] 213-0080 | Email: Fred@Strategy-By-Design.com

Our Facilitator

Fred Darbonne, founder of Strategy By Design,
works with organizations in strategic planning
and organizational development.

How we help. Fred helps nonprofits and other organizations define their direction, grow their mission, and achieve their goals. He applies education, training, and hands-on experience to enable each group to chart its unique path to success. His concrete action plans offer measurable ways to evaluate implementation progress—a valuable advantage of Fred’s strategic planning process.

What we know. Fred’s experience includes:

  • Systems Theory and Organizational Design instructor, MBA program, Mount Mercy University, Cedar Rapids
  • Learning groups of the Iowa Quality Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, and Des Moines
  • Trainer for leaders, judicatory officers, and others in organization planning, development, and group conflict resolution
  • Facilitator for colleague fieldwork cohorts in project design and implementation

Who we connect with. Fred has ongoing involvement with organizations such as:

  • Association for Strategic Planning
  • Iowa Quality Center
  • Greater Des Moines Partnership
  • Des Moines Downtown Chamber

Client Experience

Presented workshops for leaders to teach conflict resolution skills and effective responses.

Collaborated on a strategic plan for a community mental health center to respond to the planned retirement of the long-time executive director and changes made to the state mental health care plan.

Developed triage-type strategic plan for an Iowa community school district to establish the most critical steps to respond to a failure to meet state standards.

Presented workshop on understanding the human interactions of organizations related to social and cultural dynamics for staff of a Kirkwood Community College department.

Trained systems design staff for an Iowa media company to apply interactive system design to a new department.