Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Strategic clarity questions

An excellent post on anecdote.com.au included 5 questions to help you assess whether your organisation has "strategic clarity".  The question are:

  • Can the executive team simply and clearly describe the strategy without referring to notes (or powerpoint slides) aided only by simple sketches they make themselves?
  • Does the executive team all believe in and describe the same strategy?
  • Do the decisions and actions leaders make confirm the strategy, especially what is said 'no' to?
  • Does everyone in the organisation knows the strategy and understands how their work supports it?
  • Does the organisation's significant others understand the strategy (partners, clients, suppliers) and how they play a part?
This is certainly a good starting point. Question 4 is the area that I most often find the broken link in the strategy chain.


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