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Resources for Strategy

Use these simple resources to help your team level-up your strategy planning, innovation processes, and profitability.

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The Strategy Series

A new, weekly series of videos about strategy best practices and how to quickly start and structure your organization's strategy planning process.

Elements of Good Strategy
Elements of Good Strategy

It's often hard to know how effective a strategy is until years later. In this video, we give an overview of the key elements of "good strategy", focusing on 3 categories: being outcome-oriented, being holistic, and being buy-in driven.

Strategy Planning in 6 Steps
Strategy Planning in 6 Steps

Strategy planning is often vaguely defined and even more vaguely followed. In this video, we'll explore the 6 steps for strategy planning that organizations must follow, implicitly or explicitly.

Strategy Planning Step 1: Defining Outcomes
Strategy Planning Step 1: Defining Outcomes

In this video, we explore the first step in successful Strategy Planning: defining outcomes. These outcomes are why we do "strategy" in the first place. Outcomes must match the needs of shareholders, owners and/or the board, and must adhere not to a strict timeline, but a rough time horizon.

Strategy Planning Step 2: Research and Diagnosis
Strategy Planning Step 2: Research and Diagnosis

In this video, we explore the second step in successful Strategy Planning: research and diagnosis. This research must cover opportunities and challenges both internal and external to the organization. A simplistic example is a "Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats" analysis - aka SWOT.

Strategy Planning Step 3: Ideation of Strategic Opportunities
Strategy Planning Step 3: Ideation of Strategic Opportunities

In this video, we explore the third step in successful Strategy Planning: ideating strategic opportunities. Ideation must be separated from prioritization or selection of opportunities. The ideation step is creative and unrestrained - the purpose is to cast the net wide and uncover potential ways to achieve the Outcomes.

Strategy Planning Step 4: Prioritization of Opportunities
Strategy Planning Step 4: Prioritization of Opportunities

In this video, we explore the fourth step in successful Strategy Planning: prioritizing ideas for strategic opportunities. Each idea should be scored, for instance by Impact versus Feasibility, to give a sense of which ideas are the highest return-on-investment.

Strategy Planning Step 5: Vetting and Approval
Strategy Planning Step 5: Vetting and Approval

In this video, we explore the fifth step in successful Strategy Planning: vetting and approving the prioritized strategy. Buy-in is critical for an effective strategic plan. A Strategic Statement can help provide a succinct soundbite for getting buy-in and approval.

Strategy Planning Step 6: Execution
Strategy Planning Step 6: Execution

Often, strategy plans are intellectual exercises. In this video, we explore the final step in successful Strategy Planning: accountable execution.

Assessment

How mature is your organization?

Continual internal discovery is key to a strong strategy planning process, and executive feedback about the maturity of the organization is a critical internal signal.

Fill out these quick questions to get a maturity assessment from Gaussian Consulting, along with a simple recommendation. Executives, founders, and other leaders use this tool to assess their organization's maturity at a high-level.

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