Clarity is Key
For many business leaders, strategic planning presents a constant challenge, especially when it comes to clarifying and communicating personnel roles and future vision to the rest of the company. But effective strategy always begins with clarity at the top and ends with effective communication throughout the organization. So before you rush through your next strategic planning meeting, or spend hours banging your head on the table in an effort to organize the planning process, try out the following exercise with yourself and/or your team. The process below comes from the “Organizational Clarity” tool that we teach to leaders all over the world.
An Exercise in Organizational Clarity
The Organizational Clarity tool provides a powerful framework and process to help you cement strategic clarity at every level of your organization. Starting with leadership, the tool guides you in working through the highlights of employee role considerations as well as strategy, vision, tactics, and other business elements as they relate to your company’s overall goals and values. It’s best to think of this tool as a lens of sorts – a structured approach that empowers you to dive deeper into the important questions and intricacies of your company. The section below will provide a few questions to help you kickstart the process of bringing simplicity and clarity to your organizational strategy. Feel free to complete this exercise for yourself, or otherwise bring it to the rest of your team during your planning meetings.
1. Leadership: Is your leadership structure clear at every level? Do people know their roles? What can you do to help bring clarity to their roles, responsibilities, expectations, and necessary skills?
2. Values: Do you and your people know and understand what you value? Are your principles and standards clear?
3. Vision: Is your vision compelling? Does it motivate everyone to the great cause?
4. Strategy: Do you know which 4-6 strategic initiatives will lead you to your vision? Are they clear, concise, and attainable?
5. Structure: Is your structure built around your strategy and do you have the resources needed to execute your initiatives?
6. Mission: Do your people know what to do?
Simple, Scalable, Sustainable
Just as important to this process is the need to consider every element in light of the mantra Simple, Scalable, and Sustainable. It’s not enough to merely build a strategy, you must drill down until you reach a strategic plan that is simple enough to communicate, scalable enough to reach throughout the organization and provide growth opportunities, and sustainable enough to be attainable without bankrupting the company, becoming unrealistic, or inhibiting effective business operations.
Ultimately, organizations don’t grow (healthily) by accident. Only the intentional leadership of Liberating leaders can empower organizations to do or achieve something that is much greater than its individual parts. Great leaders focus their time working ON the business rather than IN the business. Your responsibility as a leader is to do your part to clean up your area, division, or company, and this tool will help you do so in an organized, comprehensive manner.
This was originally posted by GiANT Worldwide and I wanted to share it here as well. If you’re interested in learning more about how the Organizational Clarity tool can improve your leadership and strategic planning, I’m happy to schedule a meeting to discuss. Just click the contact button and let me know!