In previous posts I introduced an approach to defining strategy and the action plan that will implement it. See:
The approach lends itself particularly well to group work in workshops. Prior to the workshop, individuals or teams each prepare their part of the vision and some initial ideas of what needs to done over a given time period.
They arrive at a working draft by progressing through a number of stages:
- answering focus questions
- identifying key directions
- entering the details of their emerging vision on a template
- entering their ideas for an action timetable on another template
- transferring the template entries to flip charts ready for the workshop.
One idea for a workshop is to invite other managers and experts to help the teams review their initial ideas.
The pre-prepared flip charts are posted up and everyone encouraged to walk around, understand the content and ask questions.
New ideas can be logged directly on the flip charts or as PostIts. This might be broken down into simple steps:
- Walk around, read and understand the flip charts
- Ask questions, make challenges and suggest ideas
- Further review of the annotated vision and timetable
- Consolidate any cross-team components such as overall headcount, costs and benefits
- Finish with an open session to identify next actions.