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If I would ask you on the spot what the strategy of your organization is, are you then able to answer me correctly? If you do, you probably have a clear set of choices guiding you and your team. If you can’t, you are definitely not alone. Most strategies are written in huge documents and detailed plans, or are not written down at all.
A strategy is where your priority lies, where you focus on. And prioritization requires clarity but, most importantly, choices. Saying yes to what’s important is comfortable. What you say ‘no’ to defines your success.
This great quote by Michael Porter sums it all up:
“Strategy is about making choices, trade-offs; it's about deliberately choosing to be different.” – Michael Porter
A great approach to a clear overview of your (team) strategy is to use a set of Even Over statements. Statements that give you guidance during your everyday work. Statements that make you think for yourself instead of going to your manager. But most of all, clear choices.
Remember that these statements don’t have to be set in stone. Review and update them once and a while, that is what makes you responsive.
Tips for good even over statements:
A couple of examples of even over statements:
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