Strategic Doing

Strategic Doing – Agile Strategic Planning

Do More Together with Strategic Doing

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 and create shared value. 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. In many cases, it can become an “agile strategic planning” process to replace time-consuming, expensive plans that never go anywhere.

What is it?
It is a new strategy discipline specifically designed for open, loosely connected networks. Unlike strategic planning, which was developed primarily to guide strategic activity in hierarchical organizations, this approach is designed for situations in which nobody can tell anybody else what to do. Collaboration is the only way to move forward. Even in companies in which there is a “central authority,” often the work of innovation – moving into new markets, products, or transforming an institution – requires a different kind of working together. 

How does it work?
This process works by teaching simple, but not easy, skills of complex collaboration. The skills are simple to understand, but they take practice to master. We guide groups in using the skills primarily through three-to-four hour strategy workshops and teach the skills in a more comprehensive way in 2.5-day training throughout North America and Europe.

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

For organizations, communities, and regions that do not have a strategic plan, the process 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. You’re not leaving planning behind – you’re doing agile strategic planning.

Can The Agile Strategy Lab help with our Strategic Plan and implementation?
For organizations, communities, and regions that are stuck in their strategic plan, we provide an agile process to accelerate implementation. By producing rapid-fire strategic action plans, you can move existing strategic plans to new levels of performance.

Where has this approach worked?
We have applied Strategic Doing in a wide variety of contexts: developing new market opportunities and industry clusters, designing regional innovation ecosystems, launching new workforce innovations, regenerating inner-city neighborhoods, revitalizing civic, non-profit, and faith-based organizations, and accelerating technology and market innovations. Check out our testimonials to learn more.

How do we get started?
The best way to start is to arrange a conversation (usually via phone or videoconference) in which you can learn about how other organizations, communities, and regions have used the Agile Strategy Lab, and we can start to explore your situation together. Let’s connect.

If you’re not quite ready for a conversation but want to learn more, visit the Strategic Doing website. You can also read our 2019 book, Strategic Doing: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership.



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