Monthly Archives: July 2012

The “Call to Action:” A Useful Leadership Tool

A strategic initiative is a rejection of the status quo and with a movement towards a new vision. A call to action is a request to the audience that describes specific actions and the rationale for taking those actions. A well-constructed call to action helps people grasp a vision, contrast it with the status quo, and make a choice about their response.You will always get better support for a strategic initiative if the call for action is presented as a choice, and not a commandment. The article references several practical tools,and addresses the issue of the refusal of a call to action. Continue reading

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Strategic Initiative Steering Teams: A Sharp or Dull Blade?

Steering teams can be useful program management governance tools. When sharp, strategic initiative steering teams facilitate strategy by improving the characterization of the problem or opportunity, improve understanding of the solution, supply resources, and assist in championing. When dull, they waste time and dumb down the strategic results. This article provides useful perspective for the strategic initiative leader to consider the need for a steering team, and their relationship to members of the team. The article also links to useful “how to” advice for strategic initiatives. Continue reading

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Identify Performance Gaps and Get Out of the Rut of Solutioneering

Strategic initiatives close performance gaps, yet many managers rush into “solutioneering.” It is better to identify and graph performance gaps and business models. Continue reading

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