OpenStrategies Services

The OpenStrategies methodology, described in Validating Strategies will help you to

  • Diagnose and refine existing strategies
  • Translate existing strategies into suites of Validated SubStrategies
  • Collaboratively develop and Validate new strategies
  • Develop skills in collaborative strategy development
  • Enhance your skills through mentoring
  • Improve your strategy processes through customised OpenStrategies' services

These services will help you create validated strategies that have an impact. You can learn to take these actions yourself or we can facilitate them for you.

Diagnose strategies

In our experience, fewer than 10% of strategies have any impact, often because they are not actually strategies: they are not action plans supported by a rationale. We rapidly diagnose your existing strategies and provide recommendations to guide your refinement and validation (where possible) of your strategies. Alternatively you can learn to diagnose and improve your own strategies by attending OpenStrategies training in validating strategies.

Translate strategies

A rapid way to identify and fill gaps in your strategies is to translate them into SubStrategies, identify missing Projects, Results, Uses and Benefits, and to create the Links between these concepts. Validating Strategies guides you to find compelling Evidence that these Links are Valid. Validating Strategies then guides you to correlate the value of the Benefits with the combined costs of the relevant Projects and Uses to determine whether or not your strategy is 'worthwhile': valid.

Develop strategies

Almost every single strategy involves multiple stakeholders who need to engage with and help implement the strategy. Also, most strategies impact on other strategies. We can help you to use the OpenStrategies approach described in Validating Strategies to design your inter-linked 'matrix of strategies' and then facilitate your stakeholder engagements and in-house processes so that you create effective, understandable strategies that can be implemented and will make a difference.

Training

Develop new skills in strategy development, validation and implementation through OpenStrategies' training courses and workshops. Learn: why most strategies fail to have an impact; how to engage most effectively with stakeholders; how to create and validate SubStrategies; how to inter-connect SubStrategies into comprehensive OpenStrategies and; how to use Validating Strategies to guide your implementation and performance management of your strategies.

Mentoring

The OpenStrategies methodology is deceptively simple, as indeed it must be if strategies are to be implemented.  However the real world is complicated and complex so it can be challenging to consistently create and validate SubStrategies based on real-world situations, even for people trained in OpenStrategies' thinking.  We can support you by reviewing your draft SubStrategies and provide ongoing guidance to help you develop your skills to the point where you can create effective SubStrategies first time every time.

Customised services

The OpenStrategies methodology also enables the inter-linking of strategies (horizontally across topics and across organisations and vertically from aspirational high-level strategies to operational plans).  The methodology also guides strategy implementation, performance management, the correlation of organisational strategies with individual's roles and the development of 'master libraries' of 'recyclable' SubStrategies. Contact us if you want learn more about the different ways OpenStrategies and the OpenStrategies methodology for validating strategies can assist you.

 

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