The focus of this step in the strategic transformation process is the analysis, definition, planning, and evaluation needed for Developing Level 1 Strategic Power. During step 2 of the transformation process, Establishing Urgency, the desired level of strategic power was selected. Developing Level 1 Strategic Power, or already having the Level 1 competencies, is a prequisite to developing Levels 2 and 3 Strategic Power.
The goal of this step is to ensure that your current strategic direction and competive differentiation are well defined, have strong Leadership and Stakeholder consensus and buy-in, have strong alignment with the enterprise, and are being well executed. The goal of Level 1 Strategic Power is to provide a strong foundation for continued growth based on the current strategic direction and is not a platform for addressing opportunities for innovation, reinvention, or disruption, which is the focus of Levels 2 and 3. Organizations that don't currently devote much attention to strategic planning will realize significant transformation value from the strategic clarity, consensus, and alignment achieved during development of Level 1 Strategic Power.
This step in the transformation process is scalable making it an excellent option for early stage companies wanting to develop clarity around their strategic direction. This strategic clarity provides a foundation for future growth.
Developing Level 1 Strategic Power — Actions And Outcomes
Key actions and outcomes associated with Developing Level 1 Strategic Power during this step of the transformation process include reviewing and confirming:
- Why you are in business and what business you are in.
- The specifics of the current strategic direction.
- Values, purpose, mission, and vision.
- Customer value proposition and strategic differentiation.
- Currently-used business intellegence and its impact on strategic planning and enterprise alignment.
- Transformation Leadership Team consensus, buy-in, and commitment.
- Stakeholder change management and communication.
With extensive experience leading and participating on virtual teams, advising, briefing, coaching, and facillitating can be effectively and successfully conducted virtually enabling your Leadership Team and Stakeholders to fully engage with the transformation process without having to be in the same location.