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    5 Steps to Lead a Change in Strategy & Questions to Begin the Process

    by Jaime Davis-Thomas / October 27, 2009

    1.  Clarify aspirations and business strategy

    • Does your organization have a compelling vision and clear mission?
    • Does it espouse values that people accept and embrace?
    • Is there a clear understanding of your organization’s strategic drivers and business strategy?

    2.  Identify capabilities to implement business strategy

    • What are the new organizational capabilities needed as a result of changes in your competitive environment?
    • Will you need to practice leadership differently as a result of those new competitive challenges?
    •  How will you support ongoing organizational change and the individual, team, and organizational learning it requires?

    3.  Assess those capabilities

    • Are there changes needed in your organization’s culture because of new competitive challenges?
    • Are you able to identify and minimize aspects of your structure that undercut the ability of individuals and teams to implement your strategy effectively?
    • Do you have mechanisms in place for maintaining a strategic perspective amid tactical, day-to-day demands?
    • Does your organization have adequate systems for attracting, developing, and retaining the talent needed for success?

    4.  Make leadership development a key component

    • Which competencies are most critical to the success of your organization and its business strategy?
    • Does your leadership development strategy incorporate multiple types of experiences: training, coaching, mentoring, action learning, and developmental job assignments?
    • Have you created a feedback-rich environment that includes regular opportunities for 360-degree leader effectiveness feedback from bosses, peers, direct reports, and other key stakeholders, as well as periodic self-assessments?
    • Do you provide opportunities for developing not only individual leaders, but also strategic teams?

    5.  Get top leadership support

    • Does the top see leadership as a strategic competitive advantages?
    • Are members of your senior team willing to be public champions of leadership and leadership development?
    • Do you have a communication plan for making the link between your leadership strategy and business strategy understood throughout the organization?

    From Richard Hughes and Katherine Beatty (2005, December) 5 steps to leading strategically. T+D, p. 46-48.  


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