Moving from an Operational Manager to a Strategic Leader
Leaders can be trained to lead strategically by developing and following a Strategic Frame of Reference which involves:
Drafting their team's current Mission - including their primary customer and the key products, services and value they provide to that customer
Utilizing a SWOT/Situational Analysis - identifying their team's internal/current strengths and weaknesses and their external/future opportunities and threats
Determining where their customers want their team to make changes - completing an Importance/Performance Matrix to identify the areas where the team needs to excel, make improvements, place low priority and redirect resources
Establishing their team's Vision - a realistic future worth striving for and built off of their customers' feedback
Obtaining team member input and involvement in developing the Departmental Strategic Frame of Reference - generating commitment to the new plan and overcoming the natural resistance to leaving their comfort zones
Why you should Attend
In today's competitive business environment senior leaders consistently say they have too few strategic leaders and plenty of operational managers. The desire and need exist.
Both research studies and the high priority senior leaders place on strategic leadership practices reinforce the importance of enhancing this mindset and these skills within leadership teams. The great news is that there are practical initiatives that work in developing strategic leadership skills - with significant payback to both the organization and the leaders themselves. And multiple studies have determined that leaders who think and act strategically are viewed as the most effective.
However, functioning strategically is a challenge for leaders today due to:
the complexity of today's business issues and the speed at which those issues change
everyone expecting instant results pulling leaders into reactionary fire fighting
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