Take a moment to reflect on your grand strategy for your team or organization.
Seriously, take just a moment to sit back and focus on what you plan to accomplish.
Arguably, that exercise has likely revealed that you are in one of three groups:
Group #1: You found this to be a fairly simple exercise as you have invested significant resources to create your plan. You have paid the price in time, energy, and intellectual bandwidth to create the plan. Congratulations. This is good news, but is likely destined for disappointment as you don’t have a process in place to execute the strategy.
Group #2: You’re thinking I have no idea what my grand strategy is, I’m just hoping to make it through the week. Unlike the first group, you too are destined for disappointment, but at least you may not understand what could have been accomplished. Thus, your disappoint will be muted compared to Group #1.
Group #3: You have invested to create a plan AND have a process in place to make it happen. You and your organization are the rarest of breeds.
A Framework to Get You Started
If you are looking for an approach to strategy and execution, consider this high-level framework. I created it and have used it with many clients to help them, Plan, Implement and Evaluate organizational strategy.
The approach, called the PIE Chart, is simple, but not simplistic. Watch this five minute video to get you started.
Imagine two people are sitting at opposite sides of the same table. Between them sits a beautiful bouquet – in a simple glass vase. The assortment of flowers and greenery is simply amazing.
Each person is asked to write a description of the flowers. Later the descriptions are compared. They appear to be very different – near opposites.
Where one wrote of roses, the other described carnations. Where one discussed the vibrant yellows, the other listed muted pinks.
How can this be?
The answer lies in the reality of perspective. Both described what they saw from their unique perspective.
The next time you and a colleague hit an impasse, consider a vase of flowers. Perhaps you are right and the other is wrong. Maybe it’s the other way around. Or, could you both be correct (or wrong), but merely seeing things from different perspectives?
The wise person takes the time to consider the other’s perspective.