Archives for March 2011
I read an interesting article yesterday in the McKinsey Quarterly. The title is How CFO’s Can Keep Strategy on Track. While the article is geared towards CFO’s, the article is a good primer for looking at biased thought processes, and in turn, our organizations ability or inability to achieve its strategic goals based on biased thinking.
I think the article missed the boat on a couple of communication and influence issues, so I developed five strategic leadership questions to take the article and connect it to everyday leadership. I suggest reading the article first and then taking a stab at the following questions:
1. On a scale of 1 – 10, how well have I positioned myself as a strategic thought leader? Is my score high enough to influence the strategic direction of my organization, and if not, do I have a plan to raise my score?
2. What are my own thought biases? How are they helping or hindering me? What do I need to do, learn, jettison, or adopt in order to become an exemplar of untwisting the twisted strategic thinking taking place in my organization? (By the way – there is always twisted thinking to be untwisted)
3. Is my organization ready for this type of disciplined thought? Are they ready for me to show up this way? What’s my role in creating this internal thought process?
4. Have I brought uncertainties into a recent strategic conversation? How did I position my thoughts and what was the result? Do I need a new strategy for influencing this type of conversation?
5. Do I understand each key team members personality, their contribution to our strategy, and how to influence them to think differently?