Monday, August 25, 2014

The Strategic Nexus

Strategic leadership begins and ends with comprehending, utilizing and committing to a fully functional and completely aligned strategic nexus.

The strategic nexus is made up of two parts. One part of the nexus is the mission, vision and core values. The other part is the strategic plan. The former does not change and preserves the core of the organization. It is the source of stability and perspective during organizational change, especially when moving through the trough of chaos. The later is designed to prevent stagnation and, in essence, pushes the organization into the future. This part creates a sense of urgency and focus to the choices that are being made.

Strategic leaders understand the purpose of the strategic nexus and recognize how mission, vision and core values are interconnected. They also know that this interconnection and the clarity around it is the foundation of the organization’s day to day culture. 

At the exact same time, they recognize that strategy is a choice and needs to support the on-going evolution of the business given the continual changes in the needs, wants and desires of those it serves. Furthermore, when the culture is clear and rooted in the mission, vision and core values, then it will also become a strategic asset in the design and implementation of the strategic plan.

Full alignment within the strategic nexus is mission critical to strategic leaders. They know that once they have it and once people comprehend it, that they have a powerful force for forward momentum.

This week, take more time to understand your organization’s strategic nexus. You will then be able to leverage it toward a more positive and effective future for you and your organization.

Geery Howe, M.A. Consultant, Executive Coach, Trainer in Leadership, Strategic Planning and Organizational Change Morning Star Associates 319 - 643 - 2257

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