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Strategic Doing

Strategic Doing

Strategic Doing: Do More Together

 

In today’s world, collaboration is essential to meet the complex challenges we face. Strategic Doing enables leaders to design and guide collaborative networks that generate innovative solutions. It is a strategy discipline that is lean, agile, and fast—just what civic organizations, businesses, universities, communities, and regions need to survive and thrive.

 

What is Strategic Doing?
It is a new strategy discipline specifically designed for open, loosely-connected networks. Unlike strategic planning, that was developed primarily to guide strategic activity in hierarchical organizations, Strategic Doing is designed for situations in which nobody can tell anybody else what to do. Collaboration is the only way to move forward.

 

How does Strategic Doing work?
Strategic Doing works by teaching simple, but not easy, skills of complex collaboration. The skills are simple to understand, but they take practice to master. We teach the skills primarily through three-to-four hour strategy workshops.

 

As these collaborations develop and participants learn from each other, Strategic Doing advances quickly. Short, focused strategy reviews take place regularly, usually every 30 days. With Strategic Doing, strategy becomes more like software development. New versions of the strategy appear frequently as participants learn what works.

 

What if we already have a strategic plan? Can Strategic Doing help us?
For organizations, communities, and regions that are stuck in their strategic plan, Strategic Doing provides an agile process to accelerate implementation. By producing rapid-fire strategic action plans, Strategic Doing moves existing strategic plans to new levels of performance.

 

Where has Strategic Doing worked?
We have applied Strategic Doing in a wide variety of contexts: development of new industry clusters: designing regional innovation ecosystems, launching of new workforce innovations, regeneration of inner-city neighborhoods, and accelerating technology and market innovations. Check out our testimonials to learn more.

 

How do we get started?
You can learn about how other organizations, communities and regions have used Strategic Doing. You can explore different types of engagements with Purdue, or you can connect with us directly, so we can start to explore your situation together. Since all of our Strategic Doing work is customized to meet your needs, we start all of our engagements with a telephone call to discuss your situation and identify some concrete outcomes that could help you. Let’s connect.

For organizations, communities and regions that do not have a strategic plan, Strategic Doing can generate an initial plan in a matter of hours with an intensively focused and custom workshop. The process quickly forms new collaborations among workshop participants and moves them into learning by doing.