Different Strategy Retreat Questions to Consider
The objective of most strategy retreats is to create a clear, believable and implementable strategic plan to take the executive team and the company to the next level. Strategy retreats can be great for organizational alignment and team building, but often those benefits are not maximized unless the right issues are fully uncovered and honestly addressed. While the deliverable typically consists of the critical few strategic actions that will make the biggest impact, too many leadership teams do not ask different strategy retreat questions to get at the heart of the matter.
Strategic Clarity Accounts for 31% of the Difference
Ask Different Strategy Retreat Questions to Get It Right
If you are in charge of developing a strategy for your team or company, invest enough time with the right stakeholders to ask and answer different strategy retreat questions to ensure your team:
Three Different Strategy Retreat Questions to Consider
Here are three different strategy retreat questions to consider at your next strategic planning session to shake things up a bit:
1. What Would Someone from the Outside Do If They Were in Charge?
We have always liked this question. Imagine that a new leader came in or that another company just acquired your organization. What would they start, stop and continue doing based upon their new and fresh perspective?
Because organizations often get so immersed in “the way things have always been done,” it can be difficult to consider new and innovative ways to answer big strategic questions or solve big strategic problems.
Often you’ll find that the reason you set things up as you did has become obsolete or irrelevant.
2. What Part of the Business Does Not Fit?
Examine all aspects of your partnerships, products and services. They should mesh in a way that serves the organization as a whole. Is there a piece of the puzzle that doesn’t quite fit your strategy or value proposition? Then reassess its importance to the other activities of the business.
A company and its strategic plan can only do so much at a high performance level. A well-crafted strategy is ruthless in terms of focus, energy and investment. Rationalize wherever you can.
3. Is Your Strategy in Alignment with Your Corporate Culture?
Strategy must go through culture to be implemented. Think of culture as the collective attitude, assumptions, purpose and behaviors of a company’s workforce. Your workplace culture answers the fundamental question of “how?” It exists in every company whether by design or by default.
Your job as a leader is to ensure that your culture helps to move your strategy forward, not impede its progress.
Smart leaders purposefully craft and nurture a culture that will align with and support their company’s unique organizational goals. Creating alignment between strategy and culture allows everyone to act with a more unified mindset.
The Bottom Line
A well-crafted strategy provides a meaningful road map for the future and guides critical business decisions and resource allocation. Take the time to think it through from all angles. Sound planning will result in sound business.
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