Strategic Direction-Finding

“…because knowing your direction is critical to arriving at the right destination!”

  • Strategic Planning

    When Alice came upon the fork in the road, she saw arrows pointing in two directions and she wondered aloud which way she should go. The Cheshire Cat told her, “if you don’t know where you’re going, either road will do.” Whether you have a small team, or a medium to large-sized organization, moving out without a plan in uncharted waters is like moving without knowing where you’re going. Very few organizations get to a good place without having a solid Strategic Plan to guide them. The essence of strategic planning is understanding the organization’s current environment, defining the future direction, creating the roadmap to get you there and deploying the plan to mobilize your organization. Through five-day, ten-day and longer workshops and engagements, your team can learn how to:

    • Survey the current environment
    • Define the future direction
    • Create the roadmap
    • Deploy the plan to mobilize your teams

    These skills combined can help your team to focus on the future potential of your organization so you can respond to opportunities and imagine new possibilities that might not exist today.

  • Envisioning

    In the early 1960′s, when President John F. Kennedy said, “We will put a man on the moon and return him safely home by the end of this decade,” he captured the essence of vision. Seeing a new reality and capturing it in a brief, vivid statement is the kind of thing that can launch a great endeavor or that can mobilize an organization toward a new, uncharted direction. At the heart of envisioning is surveying the environment, imagining a new reality, capturing the vision statement and mobilizing the organization to achieve. Through two, three and five-day workshops, your team can learn how to:

    • Assess the landscape
    • Look beyond current circumstances
    • Craft a vivid, mobilizing vision statement
    • Communicate the vision to your teams

    These skills combined can help your team to seize future potential by casting off the ties that bind your organization to current thinking so you can grow organically with new products, services or ideas.

  • Missioneering

    In Ron Howard’s movie, Apollo 13, the team is confronted with a perilous dilemma when the oxygen scrubbers fail. In very little time, they must craft a mechanism out of spare parts to save the lives of the men on the ship. Could your team do something like that? Central to missioneering is recognizing that an organizational problem exists, moving beyond individual needs to work as a team, bringing together resources and eliminating obstacles to success and firing on all cylinders. Through two, three and five-day workshops, your team can learn how to:

    • Recognize and define the organizational or team issue
    • Work as a high-performance team
    • Provide resources and eliminate obstacles to success
    • Serve as a catalyst to help other teams to fire on all cylinders

    These skills combined can help your team to embody the kinds of workplace attitudes, demonstrating them through behavior that not only gets the job done, but that also gets it done in a way that spurs everyone on to greatness.

  • Project Execution

    When any football team wins the Super Bowl it is because they had an effective game plan that was better than their competitor’s plan and they executed it superbly. Planning is often overlooked but it is absolutely critical to success. Planning includes predicting challenges that might appear and mitigating them through effective preparation. Bringing a team to success means maximizing available talent. To be truly great at project execution, managers must master the art of tying project plans to organizational goals and objectives, they must craft tactical or operational plans that meet mission goals, they must plan for unseen things that could happen and they must react to variances with grace and forethought. Through two, three and five-day workshops, your team can learn how to:

    • Understand the organization’s strategic direction
    • Develop tactical and operational plans keyed to mission goals
    • Plan to mitigate risk of potential circumstances
    • Bring the team together to react to change so the plan doesn’t get derailed

    These skills combined can help your team to lessen their bias toward the tactical plan to the realization that they may need to make small changes to achieve project excellence.

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