At StrategyWorks we craft the strategic conversation in all of its expected and unexpected shapes and colour
We work with the business leaders, tasked with delivering strategy, who want make a difference in their teams. They want to create something unique. Often they want to change their industry.
As a leader you are called to deliver – through your team
This requires you to periodically review your progress against your strategy and your plan. Turmoil is usual in the business environment. Sudden, wide-ranging, high-impact changes are commonplace. Organisations seek tools, processes and skills to proficiently review, redirect and refocus their strategy.
Sometimes there is very little to review. The team followed the plan but did not record their progress. Sometimes last-year’s plan lies unopened. In the worst cases, staff are disengaged, managers have their very own agenda and teams don’t know where they are going.
Leaders find me when they are ready to get moving. They have had enough of false starts, inadequate implementation and lost opportunities. Sometimes they are discouraged or under threat. Always they are ready to find a better way.
What can you do if you this is you?
Well it really is not a secret. Teams work best when they have a compelling direction. Get the team together and give them your plan. Get agreement, definition and initiate the action.
People settle down and focus when they know they are to work as individuals or in teams. When team structures and values are quite clear to them they take-up the approach, engage in the work before them and deliver.
Furthermore people engage and thrive as they are rewarded, trained and informed, as teams or individuals as decided.
And actually, it’s not that simple.
Setting strategy is messy. Your role as strategic leader is to embrace the messiness and somehow create order out of all the information. Then you are called to draw, from the realm of ideas, the actions governing how your people spend their days. For strategy to be effective your people must commit themselves to the supporting plan. Therefore they need to understand the plan. Your plan must be their plan. We only ever commit to what we have created ourselves. So it must be their plan.
There is a way. There are ways to frame information to provide insight. There are ways to engage the team in effective discourse. There are ways to clarify plans. The people in your team can focus each hour of each day on the work required for success.
And that’s what I do
When our work is done together, you and your team are executing a common plan. Together you and I may work through the inevitable yet unexpected obstacles in the process of delivery.
Chart your course – Overcome the obstacles – Achieve your goals
Your team will succeed as they engage with your compelling direction. They will commit themselves as you involve them in the discourse to align their unique competencies to the opportunities in your chosen segment of the market. At StrategyWorks we lead clients through four phases towards achieving your business strategy.
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Coaching in person can be time consuming and expensive. Now you can get the value of the material covered in individual and group coaching, but in a step-by-step online course. These online courses cover:
- Personal Mastery
- Team Leadership
- Business Strategy Development
As a participant you will receive course material once a week. Once a month you will be invited to an online conversation to discuss your experience, learnings and difficulties in working with the material.
To sign up for an online course, join the StrategyWorks club and select the stream you want to follow.
As organisations move from hierarchy, command and control to empowerment and self-managed teams they engage in intense conversation. Through this dialogue teams let go of what doesn’t work any more as they face wave after wave of change.
But discussion doesn’t always work. Conversation may be torn by heightened emotions or drowned in stagnant backwaters of defensive behaviour.
Your group can learn effective conversation in which everyone listens with palpable respect and clearly presents their ideas.
Read more about this offer on our facilitation and group coaching page.
Even in effective action our thinking can become mired in denial or repetitive patterns. Receiving
focussed attention can bring clarity, highlight choices and stimulate engagement.
Sometimes a clear picture of your current situation is enough. But through coaching you can also
develop and execute a plan of action while keeping in view the big picture of where you are going.
Empowerment is not an easy option. With this solution you can expect support as you take on your
responsibility and authority.
Read more about the energy and enthusiasm released in coaching in our page on individual coaching.