Many organizations are in the early stages of executing new strategies for this year.
That is when you discover whether you have a solid, implementable plan or something that (maybe) looks good on paper, but doesn’t work well when you try to execute the strategy.
9 Strategic Thinking Questions for Helping Teams Execute Strategy
When it comes to helping teams execute strategy, we recommend leaders ask themselves these strategic thinking questions before convening the team to launch a new initiative.
- Do you personally believe in the strategy?
- Is it believable to others?
- Were serious, strategic people involved in creating the strategy?
- Is the plan realistic – and that doesn’t mean “easy” – just that you can see how it comes together in a reasonable way?
- Is the strategy specific and simple enough that people will understand their roles?
- Does the implementation team have an opportunity to weigh in and make smart adjustments that improve implementation?
- Are there early indicators to signal if something is amiss?
- Are there provisions for correcting potential issues?
- Is there support for the strategy in the places where it needs support?
Asking yourself these strategic thinking questions upfront gives you a head start to address any issues you can with the strategy you are about to hand over to the team to implement.
So while these questions are about helping teams to execute strategy, they are as much about making sure you’re a strategic leader that is setting up your team and your organization to maximize success. – Mike Brown
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