Is it hard to implement strategies and get alignment in your organisation? Are your team not engaged in your strategic direction and lack passion? Perhaps they lack ownership; and there may be a reason for that. “People own what they help to create.”
How inclusive are you when you plan, create ideas and establish direction? I have found that almost universally in our Stragile planning sessions, we have high involvement and engagement, and subsequently implementation is a breeze in comparison to traditional strategic planning. Check out Stragile.co if you want to know more.
Suffice it to say that if you put a large group in the planning room, you unlock the latent potential of your people and leverage their collective experience and diversity.
The turnarounds at Gloria Jean’s Coffees and at the Charles Parsons Group were done by people already in the organisation, when it wasn’t going well. The ideas were already in the building as were the resources. Good leaders are just catalysts creating an environment where the good ideas rise, get priority, get ownership and get done.
Implementation has high buy in because the people doing the implementation have had input, and therefore own the solutions. Inclusive communication and idea generation also create a sense of ownership, rather than having a solution imposed on them from a great height.
So be inclusive, embrace diversity and leverage the potential in your team. You’ll be glad you did.