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.
For additional support, see your FAST Facilitator Reference Manual or attend a FAST Professional Facilitative Leadership training session offered around the world (see http://www.mgrush.com/ for a current schedule).