3 reasons why effective leaders use moderated strategies

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Traditionally, strategy has been seen as a top-down process in organizations executed by the top-management, which planned future actions by projecting current trends into the future and lying out a plan for the organization’s activities for years to come in order to reach clearly defined strategic goals.

This approach does no longer work for many of today’s organizations. Managers with very limited time resources to fulfill a wide variety of tasks, rapid structural changes in the environment and stronger claims for participation by expert workers have put in question the management’s exclusive right to define strategy.

Bluetools therefore proposes a new view on strategy. Strategy as a moderated process within decision-making teams, which includes different opinions, experiences and realities, which is understood by everyone and which therefore makes the organization effective.

1 Save your time and resources for operational tasks

 

For executives the most valuable resource is time. Most managers are facing an enormous number of tasks, which has to be executed in a very limited time. These tasks usually cover a wide variety of topics and skills. As it is often impossible to make enough space for all of them, managers therefore have to set priorities.

Especially in small and medium enterprises – but also in large corporations – this leads to a strong focus on operational tasks that come up as emergencies constantly, while there is very little time to think about the strategic orientation of the organization – needless to say that there is no time for month-long strategy processes.

The solution is either to outsource strategy to third parties like consultants in exchange for a lot of money or if there are no financial resources available, to not cover strategic topics at all – going along with everyday practices as long as they work, until there is a big crisis coming up that finally takes up all of the organization’s energy.

Bluetools offers a lean and moderated strategy process that saves up to 80% of the time needed for traditional strategic planning processes. Therefore, bluetools allows executives to focus on the immediate problems in their environment while maintaining a holistic big picture of the organizational strategy.

 

2 Connect to your environment in times of change

Digitalization, demographic shifts and globalization are only a sample of the tremendous developments that are changing society and business rapidly. These changes make it impossible for almost any organization to continue business as usual as it was possible for a long time. For decades after World War II, changes in the business environment have been incremental and most employees stayed in the same organizations for many years, which were growing organically together with the markets. However, this is no longer the case and most organizations stand in front of a future that is unknown to them – both in terms of existential challenges as well as of opportunities. However, most organizations treat their strategy process as if they were in calm waters still.

In these unknown environments, the future is simply impossible to predict. Organizations need other mechanisms that can give them orientation. It is in this situation, where observing the developments in the environment and understanding the origins of the organization’s current situation become very valuable. This contextual understanding can provide the manager with important information about what is happening at the moment as well as what is going to happen next – and therefore support him in taking decisions today that create positive results in the future.

Bluetools offers executive a moderation process that allows him and his organization to collect exactly this information from its members and build a strategy that represents the reality of the organization.

3 Involve your employees as your most valuable experts

Further in today’s business world, most employees are knowledge workers. This means that they are the experts in the tasks they are executing or at least have contextual knowledge that managers and outsiders don’t have. Therefore, executives are not necessarily the best persons to give the strategic answers to the challenges of these workers. In situations, where managers are not the most knowledgeable persons, all they can do is to hear the opinions of their co-workers and moderate them to build a common picture of reality that everybody agrees on.

Due to the rapid changes in the work environment of organizations, employees are the best sensors, which a manager has in order to feel the developments and trends that are active in the environment. Therefore, integrating the employees’ views into strategy is crucial to take decisions that respond effectively to the challenges that the organization are facing in a given moment.

Bluetools offers a standardized strategy process that is able to capture the realities and experiences of co-workers and therefore is able to unify the voices of your employees as a foundation for your strategic decisions.

Make your organization effective through strategy moderation

The limited time available, rapid changes in the environment and a workforce consisting of specialists are therefore changing the role of the manager. She/he is no longer the single authority that defines strategy and activities top-down. She/he becomes the director of an orchestra where she/he integrates different opinions, experiences and realities to a whole so that the organization works in the same direction as a collective – she/he creates sense.

Bluetools offers a standardized process for strategy moderation, supported by a digital tool and therefore helps managers and decision-making teams to align strategy among the members of the organization and make strategy effective.

 

Check out our website now to learn about your opportunities to become involved or schedule directly a free consultation with one of our strategy experts below.

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