The Art of Strategy

According to more than one management guru, the formulation of an effective business strategy has always been more of an art than a science. Even as an art, however, there are effective methods and less effective methods to arrive at a winning strategy. Our patent-pending Stratety™ platform has been designed to uniquely facilitate the art that underlies strategy, and it does so by replicating the most successful models of strategic thinking taught at the world’s most prestigious business schools.

 

An Internet search for “effective business strategy” yields countless thousands of results. How does one begin to sort through the dozens of different models and frameworks available to think and talk about business strategy? Here are some basic questions to contextualize the challenge:image-3

  • Are your strategic and operational plans less effective than they could be?
  • Are you clear about what your strategic plan should accomplish, and by when?
  • Do you know how to measure the effectiveness of your current strategy?
  • In the past, have you defined meaningful goals that are reached as expected precisely because the strategy is followed?

 

Would you be surprised to know that Business Strategy is Generally Not Well Understood?

That’s right. Even the experts agree that strategy is a widely misunderstood and often misused term, lacking a well-defined and universally accepted definition.  Strategy, and the planning associated with it, has origins dating back to the earliest historical and military records.  In the business world, strategy usually refers to the organization’s plan for success in the future. The spectrum of corporate strategic planning models and processes is very broad, and the term has taken on a confusing life of its own in recent decades. How can your organization sort through the maze in a practical, cost-effective way?

 

Stratety™ + The Playing to Win Toolkit

Developing a winning strategy for your team and company is more important than ever in today’s turbulent business environment. At the same time, strategy work is often a frustrating, stressful process that rarely leads to clear calls for action.

Our Stratety™+ Playing to Win Toolkit delivers an industry-proven strategy framework that our experts will take you through, step-by-step, to develop and implement successful strategy in your organization. With expert advice, customizable tools, and guidance throughout the entire image-3process, we can lead your team through a successful strategy initiative based on making the right choices to stay ahead of the competition.

 

The Stratety™+Playing to Win Toolkit includes the following components:

1. An expert facilitator to adviseyour team on how to prepare, who to involve, and how to solve common challenges

2. Three customizable meeting decks to help your team save time and ease stress

3. Four real-world case studies from companies that have used the framework

4. Expert advice from management and strategy experts in a set of short video clips

5. A best-selling ebook on strategy implementation published by the Harvard Business Review

From evaluation to inspiration to execution, the Stratety™ + Playing to Win Toolkit delivers everything you and your organization needs to win in today’s competitive business environment.

 

WHAT BUSINESS LEADERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE PLAYING TO WIN APPROACH:

 

“The Playing to Win process helped further refine our leaders’ understanding of strategy and is helping us think differently about how the right strategic choices can put us ahead of the competition.”

Mark Bocianski, SVP Global Talent & Organization Development, HPimage-3

“Using the Playing to Win process when we developed our strategy has helped us get much clearer on the choices we needed to make on ‘where to play’ and also which capabilities we had to build. Using the construct that “it’s only worth doing if we can win at it” can focus the mind, and resources and results, in a differentiated strategy that can drive shareholder value.”

Chip Bergh, President & CEO, Levi Strauss & Co.

“The Playing to Win process elevated the strategic dialogue in the organization. Rather than just focus on goals and aspirations, we dug much deeper — to get clarity on the basis for competitive advantage and the critical capabilities needed to win. In addition, we understood the critical assumptions that underpinned our strategy, which made it easy to monitor and track success.”

Sara Mathew, Former CEO and Chairman, Dun & Bradstreet

“Playing to Win is about cutting through the complexity inherent in large businesses and getting clear on what is needed to win. Strategic planning is about choices: Once we make those choices, we can seize the world of opportunity that is before us.”

Filippo Passerini, Group President, Global Business Services and CIO, Procter & Gamble

“The application of the Playing to Win framework extends far beyond business and can have incredible impact in non-profits, government, even sports. We used this approach to strategy to transform Tennis Canada. We went from playing to play, to playing to win and transformed the organization.”

Michael Downey, Former CEO, Tennis Canada

“I am a huge fan of the Playing to Win book and framework. The Playing to Win Strategy Toolkit provides so much more. It guides you through every step of the strategy process with tips, advice, and tools along with insight from real-world companies that have used the Playing to Win approach. I am confident that this toolkit gives me everything I need to succeed.”

Kevin J. Ruth, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Tower Hill School

 

If strategy is on your mind, take a moment to contact us. Give us a few minutes to explain what the Stratety™ + Playing to Win Toolkit can do to respond to your concerns.