Developing and communicating Strategy is one of the main responsibilities of all leaders. Strategy needs to be simple, clear and compelling because it relates to where a business intends to play, how it intends to grow and what will be required to win.
There is a wide array of important analytical inputs that feature in the creation of an Organisational Strategy, but we don’t believe all of this is necessary right at the beginning. That’s because Leadership teams do not require the in-depth research upfront in order to define a strategy together. Often what is required is some support to draw it out, define it and clarify it in a way that will make sense to everyone who needs to bring it to life.
An external focus and curious mindset is part of the daily role of executive leaders. They need to ask the right questions and define the biggest problems to solve by the organization. This is then the catalyst for other more rigorous analytical work that often feeds into strategic planning.