Organizing to Win

Before you set out on your change journey it’s important to organize your team.  All too often organizations rush to action without taking the time to put the right team in place, define the process, and get clear on roles. This can lead to a chaotic change process and undermine your success.

Gather your team around the picture and discuss these questions.

Organizing the Team

Describe what you see in this scene.  Answer the questions, and be sure to read the quotes aloud.

  1. Does this team look like they have a sense of urgency?
  2. Who is navigating the way forward for the team?
  3. Are they properly equipped for the journey?
  4. Is the team clear on roles?

Defining What We Are Trying to Achieve

Describe what you see in this scene.  Answer the questions, and be sure to read the quotes aloud.

  1. Is everyone headed in the same direction? Why or why not?
  2. Are they aware of the challenges that exist as they move forward?
  3. Notice the market data and SWOT analysis floating downstream. How might this information have helped the team on the change journey?
  4. How could the team better align so they are all taking the same path?

Align the Key Players

Describe what you see in this scene.  Answer the questions, and be sure to read the quotes aloud.

  1. How could clear direction form the leadership team have kept the team on course?
  2. What is the risk if not everyone is on board?
  3. What’s likely to happen if they stop at the Plateau of Mediocrity?
  4. How can the team support and enable the trail blazers who are leading the way?

How could organizing to win at the beginning of the process change the way the strategy execution journey plays out in your organization?
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