"Managing complexity requires simple rules. We have designed Strategic Doing to be intuitive and concise. In a matter of hours, a loosely organized network of people can generate a sophisticated strategic action plan and begin implementing their ideas." - Ed Morrison, Director, Purdue Agile Strategy Lab
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Strategic Doing teaches people how to form collaborations quickly, move them toward measurable outcomes and make adjustments along the way. In today’s world, collaboration is essential to meet the complex challenges we face. Our methods can generate an initial plan in a matter of hours with an intensively customized and focused workshop.
What is Strategic Doing?
Strategic Doing is a new strategy discipline specifically designed for open, loosely-connected networks. Unlike strategic planning, developed primarily to guide strategic activity in hierarchical organizations, Strategic Doing is an agile discipline, designed for collaboration and innovation in our networked world.
The Strategic Doing process is lean, agile, and fast; just what civic organizations, businesses, universities, communities, and regions need to survive and thrive.
How does Strategic Doing work?
Strategic Doing works by guiding and teaching the simple, but not easy, skills of complex collaboration. These skills are simple to understand, but take practice to master. We teach these skills primarily through three-to-four hour strategy workshops applied to organizational objectives, and also through designed gamification scenarios that teach the Strategic Doing process.
As collaborations develop and participants learn together, Strategic Doing advances quickly, moving efforts along pathways to shared outcomes. Short, focused strategy reviews take place regularly, usually every 30 days, during which collaborators adapt, adjust, and commit to the next 30 day (or other practical) increment for sustained, agile, strategic action.
What if we already have a strategic plan? Can Strategic Doing help us?
For organizations, communities, and regions that have a strategic plan but also have difficulty putting the plan into action, Strategic Doing provides an agile process to accelerate implementation. By producing rapid-fire strategic action plans, Strategic Doing moves existing strategic plans to new levels of performance.
Where has Strategic Doing worked?
Strategic Doing has been applied in a wide variety of contexts, from small organizations and community groups to designing regional innovation ecosystems. The Strategic Doing method has catalyzed the development of new industry clusters, new workforce innovations, regeneration of inner-city neighborhoods, and accelerating technology and market innovations.
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