Creating a Strategic Vision – Are You Making These 3 Mistakes Most Organizations Unknowingly Make?
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...(Think of individual employees as arrows pointing in different directions, verses focus and energies in a clear and common direction.)
For example, one of our leadership consulting clients was running a successful research business in the medical industry with a strong client base. The work product was good, as were sales. And for the most part clients were satisfied. What wasn’t working well was the leadership team. Why? Talented researchers were promoted to leadership positions with little (or no) management experience. This created a “learning curve” both for the newly promoted manager...
...(learning how to be a manager) and their employees (learning how to cope with the new manager’s learning how to be a manager). The new managers that were thrown into a leadership role brought their baggage with them. That is the politics, behaviors and opinions they had as subordinates. No time was spent working to align the leadership team with the organizational vision and to align the team with itself. As a result, frustration grew — in both the new managers and the employees — and employee turnover became high. In a short time, clients felt the impact.
Lack of a commonly understood strategic direction leads to misaligned efforts and frankly poor decisions — and this can end up fatal to your business.
The recession has changed many businesses forever. What were opportune and successful strategies in the past will no longer work for many organizations. And believing you will soon return to business as usual is dangerous thinking.
Through addressing these 3 mistakes, you can re-surface from the recession by taking an intentional, dispassionate look at your current market situation, asking the tough questions, and defining a strategic vision that is desired and doable by you... continued on page four >