The "Aitkin County SOAR Analysis Guide" is a comprehensive resource for implementing the SOAR (Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations, Results) framework within Aitkin County. This guide contrasts SOAR with traditional models like SWOT, emphasizing a more positive and inclusive approach to strategic planning and employee involvement. It details methods to facilitate SOAR discussions, including informal lunch meetings and creating a Community Innovation Board to visualize and develop ideas. Techniques for gathering and analyzing employee input are provided, along with strategies for ensuring authentic participation. The guide culminates in emphasizing the importance of continuous growth, empowerment, and the collective effort in shaping Aitkin County's future through SOAR Analysis.