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Make direction setting bottom-up and outside-in

“All stakeholders need a role in setting strategic direction.”

As the pace of change accelerates and the business environment becomes more complex, it will become increasingly difficult for any small group of senior executives to chart the path of corporate renewal. That’s why the responsibility for defining direction must be broadly shared—with all organizational members and interested external constituencies. Only a broad, participatory process can engender wholehearted and widespread commitment to proactive change. When it comes to setting direction, influence should be a product of foresight and insight rather than power and position.

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Make direction setting bottom-up and outside-in

“All stakeholders need a role in setting strategic direction.”

As the pace of change accelerates and the business environment becomes more complex, it will become increasingly difficult for any small group of senior executives to chart the path of corporate renewal. That’s why the responsibility for defining direction must be broadly shared—with all organizational members and interested external constituencies. Only a broad, participatory process can engender wholehearted and widespread commitment to proactive change. When it comes to setting direction, influence should be a product of foresight and insight rather than power and position.

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Most companies have implemented “best practice sharing” processes that help identify local innovations and seek to scale them by providing corporate resources.  While well-intentioned, these effo
Hack by Colin Cunningham on June 14, 2012
If I asked you a make a list of high performing teams - the kind that deliver world class results under tremendous pressure every day, chances are, a management committee wouldn't feature.
Hack by Stephen Remedios on November 1, 2011
Bring the ideas of integrative (not competitive) negotiation to bear as you lead daily and large-scale organizational activities.
Hack by Terri Griffith on June 29, 2011
This hack is pinpointing some ideas for how companies  - which stand in front of challenge of rapid growth - should go about scaling themselves without losing their engaging, entreprenerial and e
Hack by Magdalena Pawlowicz on November 9, 2011
Over the years I've participated in countless strategic planning projects, having spent several years as a management consultant and then as a member of the executive team of several public companies.
Story by Jackie Yeaney on November 10, 2011
Get leaders truly working for their teams, rather than the other way around.
Hack by Leslie-Ann Bergstrom on September 21, 2010
Communities exist because the individuals that participate get more out then they put in, scaling from very little value to significant value.
Hack by Rachel Happe on May 26, 2011
Our Hack was inspired by Coens & Jenkin’s book “Abolishing Performance Appraisals.”  There are several other academic books and papers, blog postings, and even hacks that recommend doing away
Hack by Andy Lippok on July 16, 2013

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