March 24, 2011 Leave a comment
“Executing Your Strategy” published by Harvard Business School Press and written by two FAST alumni, provides instruction on how to transform strategy into projects. Writers Morgan and Malek (both previously professors at Stanford University), spoke with us about the importance of professional facilitation to both “plan your work” (strategy) and “work your plan” (project).
They argue for six INVEST imperatives (or, domains) that you may find compelling:
- Ideation—communicating purpose, identity, and intention
- Nature—aligning strategy with culture and structure
- Vision—clarifying goals and metrics
- Engagement—portfolio management
- Synthesis—program and project execution
- Transition—benefiting mainstream operations
They recommend building a Center for Strategic Excellence that anchors itself upon effective, neutral facilitators. Hopefully you are doing your best around your organization to nurture supportive facilitative leadership around you, your teams, and projects.
Let us know what you think by commenting below. For additional methodology and team-based meeting support for your change initiatives, refer to “Change or Die, a Business Process Improvement Manual” for much of the support you might need to lead more effective groups, teams, and meetings.
Become Part of the Solution—Improve Your Facilitation and Methodology Skills
The FAST curriculum on Professional Facilitation Skills details the responsibilities and dynamics of an effective facilitator and methodologist. Remember, nobody is smarter than everybody, so consult your FAST Facilitator Reference Manual or attend a FAST professional facilitative leadership-training workshop offered around the world (see MG Rush for a current schedule — an excellent way to earn 40 PDUs from PMI, CDUs from IIBA, or CEUs).
Do not forget to order Change or Die if you’re working on a business process improvement project. It provides detailed workshop agendas and numerous tools to make your role easier and your team’s performance a lot more effective—daring you to embrace the will, wisdom, and activities that amplify a facilitative leader.