Drift: Key stakeholders changing their views on the goals, deciding that assumptions on which they built them have changed. Experiencing new factors impacting execution. Unresolved concerns their peers don’t share. And the one change that will kick execution right off the track; the new stakeholder who sees things differently to those who set those original goals.
To prevent these unavoidable human factors comprising execution, you measure drift at periodic intervals. This session will teach you how to quickly maintain alignment every four, six, or twelve months, depending upon the nature of the strategy.
As a how-to to implement agile strategy, one CEO described the Maintain Alignment activity as ‘We get to proactively determine where we need to move the goalposts to, rather than being criticized for reactively moving them to hide our mistakes.’
Michael Taylor is a SchellingPoint principal and co-founder. Mike leads the research and development of SchellingPoint’s Advanced Management Consulting skills and methods.
Mike has used these methods in over 100 projects in the Fortune 50, pre-revenue ventures, not-for-profits, academia, associations, global alliances, federal and state government agencies. Mike also leads SchellingPoint’s education and training services.
Prior to forming SchellingPoint, Mike was a turnaround CEO, after building 490-person MDS with five colleagues from Andersen Consulting (Accenture), where Mike was a Director in the Products Industry. At MDS, Mike was the VP of Professional Services, building the firms consulting operation, in addition to their VP of Strategy.
Mike holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Mathematics, Operational Research, Statistics, and Economics from the University of Warwick, England, and has guest lectured at Cornell, Duke, Penn, SMU, Warwick, and Wharton business schools since 2008.