AMBLER acknowledges the fact that change is happening faster and faster. It is important for its clients to improve, be more effective and efficient, prevent and solve problems, etc. while they are engaged in strategic planning. It makes absolutely no sense for an organization to stop progress while they do strategic planning. Life goes on. So AMBLER® has developed approaches to strategic planning that are tailored to each client’s needs. Improvement processes parallel the strategic planning process so the client is in a stronger position to implement its strategic plan.
- AMBLER’s ACCELERATE approach to strategic planning is used for organizations with no chronic recurring problem, sufficient access and use of objective information to guide major decisions and no significant teamwork challenges. This approach, which is used the least often, moves directly into growth strategy and includes very little focus on short term performance improvements.
- It is not enough for a client to have a great long term growth plan if its short term resilience or profitability is at risk. AMBLER’s CATALYTIC approach to strategic planning is utilized for clients that have an acute or chronic recurring problem like tight cash flow or high turnover. This approach includes a focused problem solving process that parallels the strategic planning process.
- Being in synch matters. AMBLER’s SYNTHESIS approach to strategic planning is used with clients that are experiencing behavioral symptoms that could interfere with successful implementation of a growth strategy. Dysfunctional symptoms like blame, silos, avoidance, distrust, passive aggressive communication or limited cooperation often mean that a previous successful strategy has been played out and needs to be updated or replaced.
- AMBLER’s INSIGHT approach to strategic planning is best for organizations in which important decisions are being made with inadequate or outdated information (guesses). A process of market research parallels the strategic planning to surface market needs and priorities, shed a light on industry trends and competition, weigh pros and cons of various opportunities and help clients leverage strengths.
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You see it so often. A politician crosses over to the dark side and trades influence for campaign contributions. That happens so often that many readers just stopped reading this blog and think I am naïve. “Isn’t ‘politician’ and ‘dark side’ in the same sentence automatically redundant?” Actually, I have met a few politicians in my life who still arrive at their offices each day in the spirit of service.
You see it in some speakers who made it to the “circuit” because they seemed to genuinely care about improving something important, achieving results, and making a difference. But now they come across like Prima Donnas caught up in their own celebrity status or are just focused on the money.
It’s not just public figures; entire businesses can lose sight of their mission. Read More
Are you tempted to skip a round of strategic planning to save cash and avoid disruption during this extended period of uncertainty? If so, maybe you need to demand more from your company’s strategic planning process.
The irony is that businesses need clear strategy MORE during periods of uncertainty, not LESS. All it takes is a negative story on the evening news or a customer complaint or a whiney spouse to shake the confidence of employees, customers or vendors. Folks around the company need to be reassured that the leaders are looking for opportunities, analyzing resources, updating the strategy, making adjustments, and are confident about the future of the company based on current information. How much momentum is your company losing when its employees doubt, wonder, worry, pause, hold back, or start polishing their resumes? How about when customers do the same? Or vendors?
If the folks all around your company are enthusiastic about your future, then convene to go straight into growth strategy mode. If there is still doubt or worry, build problem solving processes into the strategic planning. Read More