Strategy Sprints - Where are we headed?
Rowing harder doesn’t help if the boat is headed in the wrong direction.
Strategy Sprints Mission: To help develop, validate and steer company direction and implementation.
Formats: Purpose & Visioning, Objectives & Goal Setting, Strategic Decisions & Options, Impact, Measures and Initiatives, Priority Mapping & Business Case Analysis
Defined: Strategic planning is typically an annual or episodic function of companies, we can bring the best, battle-tested management minds to provide blueprints, range of options, portfolios, validation and implementation paths to your future one, three, five and ten year directions without the long meetings and drawn out planning.. Cygnus can also operate as an independent auditor and expert evaluator of your strategies, portfolio and key initiatives objectively breaking the tensions and turf warts between functions.
The Cygnus Difference:
Simplify & Focus - get the essential musts of building or shifting new directions without corporate speak
External Credibility - seasoned real world experience to push through assessment & alignment barriers
Cross Industry Dynamics & Risks - provides strong sounding board for conditions outside your four walls
Delivery & Deployment - not only help define cascading vision, strategy and choices but roll out as well
Functionally Unbiased - wide backgrounds of our principals don't cause us to take sides and allows us top operate as neutrals in teasing out internal debates and conflicts
Options: Combine with an audit from our Intro Sprint engagements, tack on a Transformation Sprint to get past cultural and process barriers to strategic change
Driving "Strategy Sprint" Insight::
“You cannot be everything to everyone. If you decide to go north, you cannot go south at the same time."
Our Cygnus Thought Leaders Command the Top Aspects of Strategy Management:
Strategy Planning - periodic review & casting ahead for a full organization, division, geography or function
Strategy Communication - engaging and enrolling other through narrative, content and engagement
Portfolio & Initiative Management - maximizing and balancing a roster of operations and initiatives
Strategy Auditing, Scorecarding & Dashboarding - measuring the right things well, clearly & frequently
Visioning & Alignment - casting aside silos and having all teams believe and row in the same direction
Share Best Practices & Successes - identifying and spotlighting what's helping win in your company
Frequently, planners and outside support are biased and unidimensional in their focus (we go beyond narrow orientations), CEOs need even strategic balance and consideration between (ranked factors):
#5. People & Talent
Plus 16 Other core factors
PURPOSE & VISIONING:
Under the motto, it takes time and energy to write a short note, a table-setter for organizational strategy is to define a short, provocative and distinctive reason why your organization exists, who you do it for and what is your uniqueness,in order to galvanize all people and process in your company.
OBJECTIVES & GOAL SETTING
Dropping out from purpose and vision, the organization needs a shorter term statement of what it's trying to achieve and a north star metric (or a constellation of metrics) that best brings that objective to life that is SMART in orientation
STRATEGIC DECISIONS & OPTIONS
Our sprint effort aids in teasing out a choiceful way to deploy your resources, that sync to your purpose and are most likely to achieve your objectives, with "double click analyses" on specific strategic directions and options that need to be considered and validated.
MEASURES & INITIATIVES
One cascading step down from strategic development, this sprint work evaluates a roster of ventures and initiatives and what are best ones positioned to support key strategies and achieve your objectives.
PRIORITY MAPPING & BUSINESS CASE ANALYSIS
Our priority mapping sprint work goes deeper inside an organization to independently cessed out the fit, desirability, feasiablity, viability, sustainability and relative value of your key priorities.
Cygnus Sprints is your leading on-demand management consulting, strategic advisory and change navigation group designed for your complex and sped-up world.
Faster. Better. On-Demand.
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Executive team not in the same boat? New leadership team in place? Key merger or acquisition? Major events or crisis causing second takes on strategic intent? Annual review and planning? Energy in your company hallways lagging? Financial performance in a slump? Boards looking for an independent strategy review?