Are you finding yourself a little lost in the quagmire of frameworks and theories aimed at helping you in your strategic thinking and planning processes? Would you welcome a fresh perspective?
There isn’t a leader out there who hasn’t studied, discussed and, most likely worried about, the ever present challenge of strategy and being strategic. You can over-engineer and complicate it to death – or, according to a recent article from Harvard Business Review, you can take a practical approach, looking at how well strategic thinking is implemented throughout your organization on a day-to-day basis.
The article I am referring to is entitled, Being a Strategic Leader is About Asking the Right Questions. It offers five very straightforward questions for you to ask yourself and your team. They are presented in a deliberate order, and include the following:
- What are we doing today?
- Why are you doing the work you’re doing? Why now?
- How does what we’re doing today align with the bigger picture?
- What does success look like for our team?
- What else could we do to achieve more, better, faster?
Having read the list, you might be tempted to go right to the fifth question, but the article warns against doing that. You must do the groundwork in the here and now, before you can effectively look forward to the new and better.
I have always believed purposeful and relevant questions are the very best tool in the leader’s toolkit. This article proves the point, once again.
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