Tag Archives: Decision making

How to Build Consensus in the Strategic Initiatives Team

Consensus is a vital skill for strategic initiatives. Consensus means that there is 100% agreement to support the IMPLEMENTATION of the decision. Greg Githens explains the two necessary factors for achieving consensus (define the team and have a visible signal) and describes a personal experience in helping an IT group reach agreement on requirements. Continue reading

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Three Templates: Strategic Initiative Benefit Propositions (Part 2)

How to write benefits propositions by stating “Because of ___” and “you will___.” Greg Githens calls the three templates direct mail, brag, and experiences. He provides an interesting graphic that displays the tradeoffs of benefits where the claims (brag) style is more objective and economic and the experience style develops more profound commitment to the strategic initiative. Continue reading

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Resolving Ambiguity and Uncertainty (Strategic Thinking – Part 4)

Strategic initiatives leaders must understand the difference between ambiguity and uncertainty. Uncertainty deals with explicit questions, whereas ambiguity raises the point, “Are we asking the right questions?” Both are useful concepts, and strategic thinkers have tools (most importantly, questions) for dealing with both. This article continues a series on strategic thinking. Continue reading

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Fast and Effective Decisions Drive the Strategic Initiative

Fast and effective decisions drive the strategic initiative program. Greg Githens provides useful ideas for making faster and better decisions. Continue reading

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Interpreting Vague Strategy: The Compact Approach

Strategic initiatives are often launched with a vague directive. Ask these three questions: What are the mistakes I must not make? What are the mistakes that others must not make? What resources do I have to deal with the unexpected. Greg Githens calls this the Compact Approach to Strategy. Continue reading

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Pillars of Strategic Initiative Success

Greg Githens explains that good strategy, strong commitment, and strategic planning and thinking are the strategic pillars for success with strategic initiatives. Continue reading

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A Practical Tool for Gaining Program Management Insights

Greg Githens describes the SIMple model (SIM = Strategy, Inquiry, Metrics) as a tool for framing key issues in a strategic initiative. He recommends starting with inquiry and metrics, and using that to evaluate and refine the program strategy. Continue reading

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