“No plan has ever survived contact with the enemy.”
– Field Marshall Helmuth von Moltke the Elder
Sound strategy not only paints a clear vision for success; it also outlines the high-level plan and approach to get there. Over the years many tools have been developed to help organizations (i.e., teams, businesses and agencies) develop sound strategic plans:
- Mission and Vision Mapping
- Business Model Canvas
- Environmental Analysis
- Market Positioning
- SWOT Analysis
- STEER / PEST / EPISTEL Analysis
- Balanced Score Cards
- 7S Framework
- Hoshin Kari
- ATM Approach
Over the last 25 years our team has applied all these tools (and more) help a wide variety of organizations develop strategic plans. However, when these tools are applied without context—without domain expertise or a broader understanding of real-world downstream impacts—they routinely result in strategies that do not stand up to the rigors of reality (i.e., “contact with the enemy.”)
That is why we take an integrated approach to strategic planning. Rather than apply strategic planning tools in isolation, we fold in considerations for: enterprise risk, product and service strategy, understanding of technology landscape and new technology developments, mapping of strategy to business processes and overall operational excellence, implementation via programs and strategic initiatives, and cementing of new ways of working through managed change. Because our consultants are Partner- and Principal-level versatilists, we can do this using 1-2 person teams, enabling us to work in closer partnership with your executive team (and saving you money).
Our Real World Strategy blog shares some of our thoughts on how we apply integrated strategic planning. However, we cannot openly share our most innovative ideas, as these are now trade secrets of many companies we have worked with. We would be happy to work with you to develop strategies that not only “survive” contact with reality; but also adapt successfully to unforeseen changes and developments.