Strategy consulting by initio
Strategy development and strategy consulting – definition
The term “strategy development” describes a process in which the management of a company defines what goals it wants to what goals it – and how and when it wants to achieve them. A distinction is made between long-term, medium-term and short-term goals.
Achieving strategic goals usually requires a bundle of goals and measures that must be coordinated with each other.
Especially in larger organizations, it is therefore essential to systematize these goals and measures. A common systematization is the division into
- Strategic goals
- Overall objectives
- and measures.
This systematization of strategic goals and measures can also be presented as a“pyramid of objectives“:
It is no coincidence that this representation is reminiscent of a classic organizational chart: the higher strategic goals are placed in the “goal hierarchy,” the more likely it is that higher hierarchy levels are also responsible for their implementation.
Strategy development: A permanent management task
Due to the increasing complexity of the environment and disruptive markets, strategies today have to be adapted more and more quickly to ongoing developments in the corporate environment.
Classic strategy processes are often too slow and cumbersome for this purpose. Many executives have therefore asked themselves why detailed strategy processes are needed at all if the implementation steps developed are no longer relevant soon after strategic agreements are reached.
Agile strategy development
If markets and environmental developments change faster than strategies can be implemented, then traditional strategy processes are obviously not fast enough. In this case, strategy development in “agile mode” can be a suitable answer.
Here is an overview of the main differences between the two ways of working:
|Klassischer Strategie-Prozess||Strategieentwicklung im agilen Modus|
|Das Top Management entwickelt Strategische Ziele
|Eine Stellvertretergruppe maßgeblicher Mitarbeitender übernimmt Strategieveranwortung
(Vorteil: Strategie-Kompetenz wird mit der Zeit breiter im Unternehmen verankert)
Führungskräfte aus Bereichen und Abteilungen arbeiten an strategischen Unterzielen
(Problem: Volle Kalender, das braucht oft viel Zeit)
|"Strategie-Kreise" arbeiten stellvertretend für die Abteilung an der Anpassung der Bereichs-Strategie
(Vorteil: Die Verantwortlichen denken Strategie stets "mit")
|Der Strategieprozess ist nach einem Jahr "abgeschlossen".||Strategiearbeit wird zum ständigen Prozess in kurzen Zyklen und somit tiefer verankert und angekoppelt ins "tägliche Geschäft".|
Difference between strategy development in “classic” and an “agile” mode
The essential characteristics of agile strategy processes are:
- A network of strategy managers is established across all levels of the company, who, besides their daily tasks, constantly have an eye on strategical implications of recent developments.
- Strategy competence in the organization increases and expands beyond traditional leaders into competent team members.
- Strategy processes take less time in significantly shorter cycles
It is not uncommon for strategy groups from the respective divisions and teams to collaborate across hierarchies and divisions. Delegation and decision-making principles from “circle organizations” (holocracy) are increasingly used.
Strategy development consulting
We are specialists in strategy development and strategy processes – both in agile and “classic” mode.
In strategy-processes we act in different roles:
- as sparring partners
- Strategy Coaches
- By steering the overall process
- Establish agile ways of working in strategy teams
- Agile strategy consulting
Our range of services
Our approach to strategy consulting
- Listen and understand
- Reconciliation of goals and success indicators
- Detailed offer with
- Description of the “as-is” situation and proposal of proceeding
- Implications and conclusions
- Design of a process architecture or workshop design according to the criteria formulated above.
- commercial offer
- Competences, References
- Proposal for the process architecture / workshop design
- Planning and implementation of the process
- Continuous adaptation of the process to recent results, new findings and developments during the course of the process
- Conclusion of the process, review, joint “learning loop” (“lessons learned“).
Strategy consulting Online, virtually or “classically
FAQ: Frequently asked questions about strategy development
We have described the exact procedure for you here.
That depends very much on the level of participation and the specific question. If you want to go through a complete strategy development process, experience shows that this will take around 10-15 workshop days (varying, depending on the size of your company/organization).
Smaller processes with “drilled-down” questions or also strategy development in large group formats can be executed within 1-3 days.
Strategy development is a management task. Depending on the nature and scope of the issue, we recommend involving relevant stakeholders/stakeholder groups/experts from within your company in large parts of the process. Usually, these would be executives from 2. and 3rd level, possibly also team leaders or experts with experticse on narrower issues.
Identifying the right stakeholder groups is, among other things, an essential step in the strategy process. As an experienced management consulting firm for all things strategy development, we are happy to support you.
We are an experienced cunsulting firm for all things strategy development. We have worked for many companies in very different industries. Here you can find an overview of some of our projects with other clients!
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- We discuss your challenge
- We will outline possible solutions
- We prepare a rough concept for a solution finding process
- Calculation of the costs included
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Our offer in strategy consulting
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