Strategic Doing

Strategic Doing – a proven approach to agile strategic planning

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 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 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. 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 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 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 trainings throughout North America and Europe.

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.

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. You’re not leaving planning behind – you’re doing agile strategic planning.

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: 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 Strategic Doing, 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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