Strategy Vs. Operations

“Vision without action is a dream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” – Japanese Proverb

Leaders always ask me: what is the ‘rock-solid’ strategy to use for this and that operation? And my ‘rock-solid’ answer is always: what do you think it should be…? Needless to say that I always, always get the “deer in the headlights” look… What good of a consulting firm are you if you don’t provide me with answers…! Why did I hire you in the first place…? The answer is clear to me. Why is it that you do what you do? The leader is often the best person to know what works and what doesn’t, but has not asked himself/herself why are we doing it this way or how can I improve? What will motivate us as a team to be better? Too often, leaders and organisations get caught up in the day-to-day operations without taking the time today (TTT) to reflect on daily strategies. The action without vision…

A good strategic plan is something that is based on strong operational behaviours – called behavioural visioning. Ensure that your vision is translatable into daily frontline operations. That time spent on a daily basis on ’tweeting and balancing’ both vision – strategy and action operations is what creates the leadership credibility to ensure a culture of collaboration. Aligning people and processes. Once thats done, results always come…