Strategic doing and CONNECTS

CONNECTS gives you access to the Strategic Doing Community, know-how and training. CONNECTS’ vision is to create a ‘level playing field’ for all businesses around the world, giving them equal access to opportunities, capabilities and resources. Unlike other matchmaking and community management platforms, we want to provide you with a whole user experience in strategy, agile leadership, in partnership with Strategic Doing, that validates and supports your activities.

Strategic doing teaches people how to form collaborations quickly, move them toward measurable outcomes and make adjustments along the way.

Strategic Doing enables leaders to design and guide new networks that generate innovative solutions. It is a new strategy discipline that is lean, agile and fast—just what organizations, communities and regions need to survive and thrive. And you already have the tool to apply it, the CONNECTS platform.

Why do we need a new approach to strategy?

Much of our work requires collaboration, whether between organizations, or among units within the same organization. There’s often no one person that calls the shots. Instead of our old habits of command and control, we have to figure out how to align and activate a network of people and organizations. In this new context, a new approach to strategy is required.

Strategic Doing isn’t about fixing an old system – it’s about designing what’s next. If you’re ready for tools that work in the new world of networks, check out our opportunities to learn more (community link)

Who should use Strategic Doing?

All kinds of people have benefited from using Strategic Doing in their professional and personal settings: economic developers, educators, corporate leaders, engineers, nonprofit professionals, government officials (local, state and federal), students, scientists, consultants, health care professionals, clergy, workforce system leaders, IT experts (and that’s just a partial list). Anyone who is working in a setting in which there is a degree of collaboration needed, and/or the environment in which they’re operating is dynamic, will find the skills useful.

How was Strategic Doing developed?

Strategic Doing has developed over more than two decades of work with people trying to strengthen their organizations, communities and regions. Here’s Ed Morrison, the developer of Strategic Doing, reflecting on its origins:

The seeds were planted over 30 years ago on Capitol Hill, of all places. Coming out of college, I landed a job as a legislative assistant to an Ohio Congressman, where I confronted the really complex challenge of globalization in the post-World War II era. This complex challenge – how do we improve the productivity and competitiveness of the American economy? – became the focus of my early career. For nearly a decade, I joined a small army of people looking for answers in Washington. The notion was straightforward. If Washington pulled the right policy levers, we could set the economy on the right course.

What happens at a Strategic Doing workshop?

A Strategic Doing workshop is a session in which a group takes on a question about their community or organization’s future, and uses the 4 Questions to explore, identify opportunities, and begin to take action on the most promising of those opportunities. Here’s some things you’ll notice at a workshop:

    • It’s interactive: in Strategic Doing, no one will tell you what your strategy should be. The process will lead you to sort that out for yourselves. There will be a short overview of the process at the beginning, but you’ll quickly move right into discussion in small groups around tables.There are no observers: everyone in the room participates, even the facilitators (which we call “table guides”).
    • It’s realistic: instead of dreaming about what would be possible if you had a big grant, more staff, or a new facility, the conversation will be centered on what you already have at your disposal. We call this approach asset-based.
    • It’s focused on action: there’s a reason we call it Strategic Doing. You’ll walk out the door at the end of the workshop with an assignment. The commitment will be small – usually around an hour over the next 30 days – but when everyone is making a commitment you’ll be amazed at how much you can get done.
    • It’s fun: when did you last have a great time at a planning meeting? Participants at Strategic Doing gatherings consistently tell us it was enjoyable – both because of the approach and because of the sense of accomplishment you’ll have at the end, knowing that you made tangible progress in just a few hours.

Workshops are usually somewhere between three hours and a full day, depending on the previous work the group has done and how much they want to accomplish. Even in a short workshop, the process ensures that you won’t get “stuck” – you’ll have a strategic action plan at the end to guide your future work, and you’ll have already started on implementation together.


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