Posts Tagged strategic planning

Why How What and the strategy model.

Readers of my posts will know that I am a big fan of Simon Sinek and his book “Start With Why”.  Groups, teams or organisations who struggle to articulate their WHY probably also struggle with how to stay ahead of the game, choose strategies and implement actions that support their beliefs.

SoI have been working on laying the WHY model over the Strategy Model and see where I believe they fit together.

I think that the WHY of the organisation or group can be covered by their whole ecosystem, their whole reason for being, their now and their future. 

When looking at your own situation if the desired WHY and the model don’t align then either the WHY isn’t what you thought you believed or your strategy isn’t taking you there! And vice versa. 

If you have alignment then the actions that you are taking to get you to your desired goals and objectives (thoses things most closely linked to your WHAT) will be easily articulated and more readily accomplished.

And finally HOW, these, I believe, are aligned to the enablers or pathways that help us make the actions happen.

So what do you think?  Do the WHY model and the Strategic Planning model interlink just like a puzzle coming together, or is there no need to complicate each with the other?  Let me know what you think?

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Going forward but looking backwards – a recipe for disaster #strategy

When I was in charge of organisation development in a major company I had to undertake exit interviews when staff left our employment.

I can still remember one young employee, one very good at his job, telling me he couldn’t work for his boss anymore. He explained it was like sitting in the back seat of a car with his boss driving but looking out the back window of the car rather than the windscreen.

A little more research told me he wasn’t making it up. I moved his boss into a new role and put someone in charge of those staff who could lead.

So what is the story here?

Well, in this fast paced changing world you can’t be someone who is looking out the rear window. Sure it has some lessons you can learn but don’t spend too much time there, just use the rearview to seek predictable patterns, particularly from more mature markets! You need to be future ready not past wise.

Being future ready means searching out innovation and innovative ideas, collaborating with colleagues and peers and testing theories and models, particularly with your customers.

Testing means destroying mind sets and challenging sacred cows. Testing means looking at new business models, new markets, new entrants, new pricing structures, resource failures or constraints, partner failures …………… Lots of looking up the road asking what if?

As the great blues guitarist BB King sang, “You better not look down if you want to keep on flying, put the hammer down, don’t look back”

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