Development of Strategy
Success in business starts with developing a sound strategy. Once the core issue is clearly identified, an effective strategy can be developed to overcome it. But, uncovering the core problem or challenge and then devising an effective strategy is often easier said than done. The reason is that we all have blind spots – even as a team. It doesn’t matter how bright we are, how educated we are, or how experienced we are – we all have them. These blind spots limit our beliefs, thoughts, and actions, which cause us to misdiagnose problems, overlook solutions, and miss opportunities.
We help ensure that you properly identify the key problem, because, a strategy which “solves” symptoms si0mply creates more problems. By taking a participatory approach, we help executives carefully think through possibilities and develop strategic plans with the best potential and least risk. We help initiate provocative dialog and facilitate productive conversations.
We help you distinguish among strategies, tactics and goals, and help avoid those great sounding platitudes which feel good but won’t really make a difference. We help expand the thinking of your team, because limited thinking produces incremental improvement. Fresh, expansive thinking is required to realize fundamental change and growth. Additionally, our insights and guidance can accelerate the implementation of those strategies.
The unique set of strategic talents we bring to the table:
- We have a distinct way of thinking which allows us to see patterns where others simply see complexity
- We have a keen ability to sort through the clutter and find the best route to a solution
- We bring objective perspective and a fresh viewpoint to the table, gained over 30 years of domestic and international experience
Execution of Strategy
When leaders and the teams they lead are at their best, strategies get executed more effectively and more quickly. An engaged workforce is more diligent, more creative, and more productive.
But engagement isn’t something you do to people. Instead, employee engagement comes from an environment which causes people to want to excel. Great companies recognize that, and create a leadership style and a culture which bring out the best in their people. Every effort to improve engagement should be undertaken with the intention of helping each person reach their full potential.
A recent Gallup study reported that organizations with above average employee engagement experienced 147% higher earnings per share compared with their competition in 2011-2012. (Gallup also estimates that active disengagement costs the U.S. $450 billion to $550 billion per year.)
It’s no surprise that a highly engaged workforce produces such significantly better results. Engaged people are happier, more creative and more productive. And it should also come as no surprise that the latest research on brain neuroscience and positive psychology confirms that people who are happier are more engaged. A strong culture creates strong engagement.
If the right people have been hired, new employees are already highly engaged. They’re enthused, eager to contribute, and determined make a difference in the company. Therefore, the keys to high engagement and ensuring strong execution are effective leadership and a positive culuture.
The unique set of execution talents we bring to the table:
- We help leaders avoid actions and behaviors which cause disengagement
- We excel at helping leaders improve their effectiveness
- We help leaders formulate and embody an effective culture