Developing strategy is a creative act designed to move an organisation towards an unknown future.
Understanding the difference between strategy and operations can be a challenge for leaders. It’s often easier to focus on tactics or specific actions because these are known and within a leader’s comfort zone. Corporate strategy is aspirational and less tangible.
Strategy is intrinsically linked to organisational culture – one reflects the other, an important aspect often overlooked by leaders.
Typically, there are multiple levels of strategy-making.
- Corporate – Strategic Plan
- Business – Strategic Business Plan
- Functional – 1-3 year Plan and Budget
- Operational – Annual Plan and Budget
Long-term plans provide all people in the organisation with confidence in the future.
Without long-term plans people are left to second guess business directions, creating uncertainty and unfocussed effort.
Karen Delvin coaches leaders and teams to develop the skills and confidence to:
- craft strategic and business plans
- develop workforce plans
- create and communicate vision, mission and values
- align business strategy and culture.
“Planning with Karen was a profound leadership learning experience. She led us through a maze, challenging us when we reached an intersection, and allowing us to make the decisions.” – Executive Manager, Higher Education