“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat” – (Sun Tzu)
‘Strategic’ and ‘strategically’ are two of the most over-used and mis-used words in business. Unfortunately, they are commonly used where the word ‘tactically’ would be more appropriate, or even for example during decision making based on a reactive, short term outcome, ie “we need to think strategically about this decision”. We believe, however, that an organisation with a clear and successful strategy would have the pre-determined – and strategically correct – answers to those tactical questions, as a well implemented strategy acts as the compass and the map for the organisation at all times.
Our Strategic Thinking solutions begin at the beginning and helps leaders create the foundations of success:
Strategic Objectives – how will your organisation know it has succeeded? What are the big goals that will motivate your employees to go the extra mile in the coming months and years?
Strategy – how will your organisation achieve those goals? What is the roadmap that keeps everyone moving in the right direction, even when times are tough?
Once you have a clear vision, a compelling purpose, established values, clear strategic objectives and you have created a strategy, then you are ready to start aligning your people behind them
We support you to develop the signposts for success that make sure every employee and every leader at every level can see at a glance how every level of the organisation is performing on the targets appropriate to that level, and where risks and issues are emerging and must be dealt with to ensure continued success. We will help you develop:
Prioritisation – formulate the regular measures that will allow you to judge success against your strategy. Set targets against the measures as the milestone markers to your overall strategic goals. Consider the demands you place on the organisation, ensuring that the balance is correct across the targets to ensure all are tough but achievable. Invest your resources effectively to achieve the targets you have set, ensuring that you are not over investing in one target whilst another is under resourced and at great risk of not being achieved
Strategic Alignment – once all measures, targets and initiatives are decided for the organisation, learn how to align every single employee into achieving those objectives. Put in place a strategic cascade process that ensures every individual contributes the right amount to each target and that the sum of the parts equal complete success. Make sure that all employees know how, and how much, they are making a difference in measurable terms. Imagine the power of not just a leader that is thinking strategically – but every single employee.
At ASENSYS our Strategic Thinking solutions will guide you through these questions and problems, enabling you to create a clear and compelling strategy for your organisation and most importantly make it what it should be – an inspirational, relevant and useful guide to decision making for your employees, day in, day out.
Now you have looked at how we support the ‘what’ of the business, please explore the ‘how’ in our Culture Building solution