I don't know if I'd say plenty of budget, but I do have a headcount I'm trying to fill before the end of the year (which I've been waiting/pushing for for 2.5 years, and my predecessor had been for ~4 years) so I've got that going for me. Which is nice.
So the good news with that is, I don't need to convince them that community is important. They know that already. What I need to show them is my mission, vision, overall strategy, goals, tactics, etc, and how those relate to the objectives of our Organization.
I have my strategy pretty much put together. I'm still refining it, but I've got the content more or less in place. Like I told Nikoletta just now, I'm trying to figure out the best way to present this information to the SLC (Global Directors and Global VP).
So...multiples slides? One slide to rule them all? Flowchart? Stick figure animation? Nancy's House Strategy Template suggestion has helped to get the gears turning.
What other visual formats have worked for you guys?
P.S. Sorry I wasn't at all clear in my initial post. For a community manager, I am terrible at participating in communities as a civilian.