An Introduction to Strategy-In-Action
Where does it hurt? Or: Why do you need “Strategy-In-Action”
- Lack of buy-in: The organization faces a business challenge, but people don’t identify with your plan. Top-down planning has killed initiative.
- Lack of vision. People have lost the vision in day-to-day activities. There’s little ownership of the organization’s mission below the top.
- Lack of alignment. You have long meetings without decisions or results. People feel like they’re wasting time. Stakeholders are butting heads.
- Resistance. You get push-back on a change effort. How can you rally your team for stategic actions or results.
- Lack of results. Existing plans are not adaptive; the action does not match the planning. Result: errosion of competitive position.
- Missed opportunities. The left hand does not know what the right hand is doing. Fragmented planning has led to missed strategic opportunities or lost customers.
- Rigid blueprints. Strategy design is divorced from implementation, and the implementers never got the chance to own the strategy. Result: fragmentation, wrong decisions, and unnecessary sunk costs.
What can “Strategy-In-Action” do for you? Or: what’s the value-add (ROI)?
- It aligns your team around a bold business challenge and a simple, elegant strategy framework.
- It turns people into change leaders on a cohesive high-performance team.
- It digs into the root causes of problems and reveals leverage points for innovation.
- It puts the undiscussables on the table and transforms differences into contributions.
- It produces quick wins through low-risk pilots that test the strategy in action, give feedback to the strategy, and pull the future to the present.
- It gives you a sustainable, dynamic process combining strategy, people power and action.
What does “Strategy-In-Action” cover?
- Traditional planning vs. Strategy-In-Action
- 7 building blocks
- Shared understanding: current situation, blockages, opportunities
- Vision lab: what is your strategic intent?
- Strategic thrusts: key drivers of the strategy
- Indicators of success: measure the future
- Leadership, accountabilities, reporting
- 100-day Catalytic Projects
- Debriefing: feedback to the strategy, fine-tuning
- From breakdown to breakthrough
- Institutionalize the change: Monday morning at the office …
Who is “Strategy-In-Action” for?
- Top executive teams in industry, nonprofits and government that need redirect their organization.
- Functional departments or divisions facing a significant business challenge.
- Project / sales / cross-functional teams performing below expectations.
- Boards of directors who want to improve alignment and effectiveness.
- Small and medium enterprises that need to align a focused vision and strategy to be competitive.
Who are the facilitators?
- They are practitioners with solid track-records of enhancing clients’ performance.
- They have demonstrated a firm grasp of both teaching and living our methodology in action.
- They are 100% committed to participants’ success.
- They are coached by our CEO, Peg Thatcher.
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What do clients say?
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What makes our approach different?
- Not a mere event but a sustainable process:
- We interview participants to customize the process.
- We design the process in partnership with you.
- We care about ‘Monday morning’: how will participants implement the new strategy back in the office?
- In action:
- Participants design, declare and launch Catalytic Projects to in the action of producing results.
- Cutting-edge methodology:
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What is the Swiss Consulting Group difference?
Australian and USA-based performance management and coaching company with coaches/trainers and facilitators available throughout the world.
|Conventional Approaches||SCG Approach|
|Rigid blueprints ignore opportunities||Catalytic actions for systemic change|
|People treated as objects or obstacles||People are the solution and the key agents|
|Good analysis but lack of follow-up||Focus on hands-on actions and results|
|Quick-fix attitude at symptom level||Attacking the roots of problems|
|Fragmentation and cultural clashes||Full communication. Differences are contributions|
|Non-specific, cumbersome solutions||Details are integral to the solution|
|Theory and planning, but status quo||Breakthrough results|
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