Strategy Formulation and Implementation
Driving focus and alignment
We help top management define a strategic vision that is anchored in the organization’s values and beliefs. Our competitive advantage comes from using a rigorous, analytic process to explore and assess strategic options, while planning and executing the strategy. This approach results in a clear, specific strategy, a strong sense of involvement and ownership, and focused operational decision-making.
- An organization-wide strategy developed for the Port of San Diego (a major logistics organization) to increase productivity, and make sound financial decisions, embedding strategic decision-making capability at the senior leadership level.
- Develop a “world class customer service” vision for a leading smart phone manufacturer and then getting the entire organization behind it.
- Helping a major life science company revise their country strategy. As a result, they were able to react to new forms of competition in generic pharmaceuticals and realign their operations accordingly.
- Supporting a major manufacturer of greeting cards (Hallmark) in the formulation and implementation of their worldwide strategy. Positioning the company to simultaneously address a slump in worldwide business while implementing senior leadership educational programs to support that strategy.
Competitive strength starts with strategy
Strategy formulation is an art and a discipline. It demands both creative and logical thinking combined with flawless execution. To stay competitive, an organization's strategy must be formulated, challenged, tested, and constantly updated.
Our Five-Phase Strategy Model provides a framework for all types of strategic initiatives. It can be entered at any phase, depending on an organization's need. Kepner-Tregoe strategy consultants are available to audit and diagnose the strategic health of organizations in each of the key phases, identifying areas of greatest need and opportunity.
Getting Started: Build Strategic Intelligence
Strategy formulation begins with strategic intelligence gathering and analysis of markets, competitors, technology, and past performance. This provides an information base for strategic decision-making, a common vision for the future, and a profile of the environment in which strategic decisions are being made.
Determine Driving Force®
One of the key choices in formulating a strategy is identifying your Driving Force. We coined this pivotal strategy concept over 30 years ago to describe the primary determinate of the products and services an organization will and will not offer, and the markets it will and will not serve.
Formulate the Strategy
Kepner-Tregoe collaborates with your executive team to guide responses to questions that will complete the framework of your strategy.
When leadership teams face up to the difficult decisions in a structured framework, strategy formulation results in a vision of the organization’s destination and the routes and means for getting there. But until a strategy is implemented, it’s all thought and no action.
While many consultants can help you formulate a strategy, our expertise is creating one that’s actionable, and helping you implement it successfully. Strategic initiatives become the vision translated into practice.
We help you transform your organization. It will become an action-oriented enterprise. You’ll identify and prioritize initiatives that support the firm’s strategic vision, and deliver those initiatives with projects that are on time and on budget.
Implementation is when strategic initiatives transform into results. To do this effectively, we will help you support optimum project performance, avoid the traps that often derail strategy implementation, and create and sustain competitive advantage.
Through skill development and performance support, our project management provides a common language/common process approach. It becomes a vehicle for planning, organizing, administering, and controlling the delivery of the projects needed to implement the strategy quickly and effectively. This dramatically improves the organization’s ability to work across departmental lines.
For strategy implementation: see our suite of services offered in Project Office.