There is only one strategy: Sell to and service customers. Everything else just supports that strategy. I ensure we address problems as they arise
(Correlates to: The Reactive Manager)
It's my business. I know what needs to be done and the direction we need to head. I trust my gut to tell me if things are working and we shift focus when it's clear to me that it's necessary.
(Correlates to: The Visionary Strategist)
I regularly review the company's performance by referring to financials and key reports. I discuss what's working and what isn't with key team members and we prioritize the specific areas that need to be addressed.
(Correlates to: The Tactical Strategist)
How Do You Know If The Approach You've Chosen Is Working?
You're the Visionary Strategist.
You find new ways to see the world and look for new approaches. You tend to stand way up high on the top of the mountain and look into the distance. You rely a lot on intuition.
This approach can be inspiring and energizing for your team as it gives them a dream to aspire to.
However, it can also be frustrating and stressful for the team. if there is always something new, then many things remain incomplete. While it gives a good sense of the long term destination, it can be chaotic as short term directions keep changing.
You would be wise to get help to create some structure around your vision so the team's energy and excitement is harnessed to produce results faster and more predictably.
What many Visionary Strategist are surprised by is how the kind of structure being recommended fuels your creativity rather than constraining it.
You love the details of the plan.
You learn from your experiences and are thoughtful about applying those lessons. You are excellent at delegation as you understand the capabilities of the resources around you.
People might describe you as calculated or methodical. You like having metrics to evaluate your results. People like that they know what you expect from them.
You get things done. Somehow you keep all the balls in the air.
There are customers to be found and to served. There are bills and wages to be paid. There are calls and emails to be answered.
Who has time to sit around making plans for 8 or 9 months around. Things will likely completely change by then, so it would be a waste of energy, right?
You're respected because you take action. You're responsive to customer requests, to emails, calls and to crises. Your people know that you'll be there for them.
But all this comes at a cost.
Because you're so focused on today, you might miss what's coming your way.
It is possible to maintain your excellence in execution while looking to the future. You can look after the present problems while looking to the future.