Sense Checking Your Strategy Design

  • Lessons: 3
  • Videos: 14
  • Downloads: 3
  • Assessments: 1
  • Podcasts: 0
  • Interviews: 0
  • Consultant Moments: 10
  • 75 mins
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What's this course about?

Time is precious. Lack of focus is wasteful. Ignoring the future is dangerous. If you have any form of responsibility for growing a team, building a business and/or driving strategic change then this rapid and robust Strategy sense checker is for you. This is not an academic exercise. This is not about some new-fangled design thinking tool that will change your life. It’s about challenging your strategic thinking. It’s about pushing your understanding. It’s about reinforcing the commitment you have made (or need to make) to help realize the change you desire. Take the challenge. Find out your score. Let’s go.

Who is this for?

We’re not fans of the “this can help anyone” approach. Clearly, it has to be relevant to the world that you live in, the challenges you face and what you are hoping to achieve (either in business or life in general). Fostering a business vision or change requires significant buy-in and cultural adoption. Therefore, it’s difficult to exclude anyone from this exercise.

We have experienced a strong cross-section of business people (from a wide range of industry sectors) that have benefited from this type of strategy sense checking exercise:

  • Start-up Entrepreneurs who need to keep sharpening and tuning their growth strategy in readiness for investment
  • Co-Founders and Business Owners trying to align joint ambition levels and agree on the critical next steps for business growth
  • Team Leaders who have to bring clarity to their team (and their boss) on the story of how they will drive change and achieve their objectives
  • Senior Executives who want to quietly assess the business strategy in preparation for their next leadership team meeting

What will you get?

  • A strategy sense checking tool that you can use time and time again until the habits of the 9 challenges become second nature.
  • A visual strategy map that you can learn to re-draw and use in meetings. Trust us, anyone can draw this, it just takes practice and finding your own flavor.
  • Your own strategy story to test and replay with others.
  • Your strategy design score giving you a true sense check.
  • Guidance on what your score means and what you should do next.
  • A Challenge for you, encouraging your personal commitment to making a difference.

What will you do?

Well, from the comfort of your armchair, sofa, bed or poolside deckchair, you will watch, listen and interact with this session on whatever type of device is most convenient to you. The visuals will be more impactful on larger tablets and desktops. We ask you to be present, be open-minded and most of all be honest with yourself. It’s a safe space. If you can’t bring these things, you know what they say, ‘garbage in; garbage out’

What should you do?

Ideally, you will share your score and the course with a colleague that is also involved in the same strategy. How close are your scores? Are you aligned? Can this help spark better and different conversations? Can you replay your own storytelling version of this on a whiteboard or flip chart at your next meeting? You should test your assumptions you have flushed out from the strategy design sense check.

What will you be able to do after the course?

  • Identify the strengths and the weaknesses in your strategy design set against our 10 areas.
  • Assess your confidence in your current strategy design and how that connects to our scoring system.
  • Challenge key stakeholders to sense check their perspective on the current strategy design using this course.
  • Have the desire to bring together the necessary stakeholders to have a robust strategic conversation to discuss the identified week spot(s).

Sense Checking Your Strategy Design

  • Lessons: 3
  • Videos: 14
  • Downloads: 3
  • Assessments: 1
  • Podcasts: 0
  • Interviews: 0
  • Consultant Moments: 10
  • Approximate Time: 75 mins

Course Description

Time is precious. Lack of focus is wasteful. Ignoring the future is dangerous. If you have any form of responsibility for growing a team, building a business and/or driving strategic change then this rapid and robust Strategy sense checker is for you. This is not an academic exercise. This is not about some new-fangled design thinking tool that will change your life. It’s about challenging your strategic thinking. It’s about pushing your understanding. It’s about reinforcing the commitment you have made (or need to make) to help realize the change you desire. Take the challenge. Find out your score. Let’s go.

Who is this for?

We’re not fans of the “this can help anyone” approach. Clearly, it has to be relevant to the world that you live in, the challenges you face and what you are hoping to achieve (either in business or life in general). Fostering a business vision or change requires significant buy-in and cultural adoption. Therefore, it’s difficult to exclude anyone from this exercise.

We have experienced a strong cross-section of business people (from a wide range of industry sectors) that have benefited from this type of strategy sense checking exercise:

  • Start-up Entrepreneurs who need to keep sharpening and tuning their growth strategy in readiness for investment
  • Co-Founders and Business Owners trying to align joint ambition levels and agree on the critical next steps for business growth
  • Team Leaders who have to bring clarity to their team (and their boss) on the story of how they will drive change and achieve their objectives
  • Senior Executives who want to quietly assess the business strategy in preparation for their next leadership team meeting

What will you get?

  • A strategy sense checking tool that you can use time and time again until the habits of the 9 challenges become second nature.
  • A visual strategy map that you can learn to re-draw and use in meetings. Trust us, anyone can draw this, it just takes practice and finding your own flavor.
  • Your own strategy story to test and replay with others.
  • Your strategy design score giving you a true sense check.
  • Guidance on what your score means and what you should do next.
  • A Challenge for you, encouraging your personal commitment to making a difference.

What will you do?

Well, from the comfort of your armchair, sofa, bed or poolside deckchair, you will watch, listen and interact with this session on whatever type of device is most convenient to you. The visuals will be more impactful on larger tablets and desktops. We ask you to be present, be open-minded and most of all be honest with yourself. It’s a safe space. If you can’t bring these things, you know what they say, ‘garbage in; garbage out’

What should you do?

Ideally, you will share your score and the course with a colleague that is also involved in the same strategy. How close are your scores? Are you aligned? Can this help spark better and different conversations? Can you replay your own storytelling version of this on a whiteboard or flip chart at your next meeting? You should test your assumptions you have flushed out from the strategy design sense check.

What will you learn?

  • Identify the strengths and the weaknesses in your strategy design set against our 10 areas.
  • Assess your confidence in your current strategy design and how that connects to our scoring system.
  • Challenge key stakeholders to sense check their perspective on the current strategy design using this course.
  • Have the desire to bring together the necessary stakeholders to have a robust strategic conversation to discuss the identified week spot(s).

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