Ideas are free. Outcomes are not. Whether it’s time, energy, money, man power, or brain cells, all outcomes - good, bad, or indifferent; come at a cost. Strategy is an investment. So is execution. When leaders start with strategy, they are looking to invest in answers to three pivotal questions about their next move:
For every strategic decision, and at various points within a company’s life cycle, the manner in which those three questions are addressed will be different. Why? Because the cost/benefit model of starting with strategy often reveals surprising considerations and blind spots.
There are times as a leader when having no strategy might actually be an option - but not for long. The decision to have no strategy is in fact a strategy.
If decision fatigue, lack of clarity, input overwhelm, or life gets in the way of living (our founder's famous quote) has stymied your leadership brilliance, this quick list (below), imbued with a bit of generative intelligence, just might help you regain your strategy-making mojo.
If, after an attempt at this list, you find yourself looking for someone to do this big lift for you, then you are in luck. That's what we do best. Clients call it welcome relief. We call it plan-tastic. Yes, we did just say that.
When we say "the game has changed" we mean the playbook for winning in your market is likely showing visible signs wear and many (if not most) of those plays will not work in our digital, virtual, local-meets-global, post-pandemic economy. You cannot meet tomorrow's challenges using last years' playbook.
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