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Advice for Strategic Initiative Charters

Strategic initiative charters are different than typical project and program charters that are expecting a pre-determined result. Greg Githens explains the functions of strategic initiative charter. He provides practical advise such as the “two page” rule and outlines 12 elements that should be found in a strategic initiative charter. Continue reading

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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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A Guide to the Three Types of Strategy and Business Model Scope

Strategic initiatives arise to support three types of strategies. Corporate strategies have to do with market selection. Business strategies have to do with competing within a business model. Functional strategies have to do with effective specialization. Each interact with the business model’s value proposition. Continue reading

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Strategy is a Boundary-Spanning Activity

Greg Githens explains how leaders develop the strategic initiative execution plan by integrating concepts. Vertical connections are done through metrics and horizontal connections are a search for strategic synergy. He explains a pitfall of many strategies, which is to focus on the solution rather than the problem or opportunity. An example is provided for Human Resources strategy. This post describes Step 3 of 4 for interpreting strategy documents. Continue reading

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Google’s Strategic Initiatives Team

Describes 5 leader competencies, and how applied to Google’s Strategic Initiatives Team. Comment notes that Microsoft has developed similar strategic initiative team. Continue reading

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Vision into Results….Definition of a Strategic Initiative

Defines strategic initiatives in terms of three outcomes and introduces implications for leadership and program management. Strategic initiatives are NOT the same thing as a strategic objective. This definition provides a practical tool for establishing a strategic initiative.
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