Every year smart organizations come together to reflect, think and prepare for the upcoming year(s). Hours are spent on understanding their SWOT, distribution channels, prior year results and their implications, customer trends, product and operational gaps, and competitor performance.
As a strategist, it was a tough day when I learned that though great strategy is a must for effective organization's evolution, it was just one piece of building a framework for future and sustainable success. Over the past 10 years, Aspire has studied what it takes to continue to move an organization and its team members to their fullest potential. This research identified 8 key focus areas that ensure the changes that need to occur, actually do.
As you prepare for that annual strategic retreat, how will you change it up? What will you do to ensure the team's alignment? How will you address communication issues and the art of denial that feeds failure? How will you identify gaps? What will you do differently that will allow you to play in the blue ocean? How do your strategies, past, present and future, align with the principles we've laid out in the Change Model™?
This model was built to help organization's create a culture of continuous improvement, aka, CHANGE! Business, like our economy, is always changing. Organizations that ensure that these 8 elements are aligned against their strategies and business gaps WIN.
The Change Model™ is a continuous, dynamic process that must always be on the forefront of a business' focus in order for it to make truly enact long lasting CHANGE. Below you'll find a synthesis of the focus areas of the Change Model™ and what is involved in each. If you're interested in learning more about how we at Aspire implement the Change Model™ focus areas for our clients, please read on to our blog that outlines the "hows" to this article's "whats."
Culture & Community: The heart and soul of your business. This includes your higher level mission, vision, and values. Culture is the heartbeat of your business, from how you work together to how you demonstrate leadership. It is the heartbeat that helps to sustain any change that you are able to implement.
Leadership: This inspires all that is possible and engages your team into your culture and mission. It is how people interact with one another in your company, and how engaged and passionate they are. If your leadership stays on message, your team is focused and there is an environment of pride.
Strategic Direction & Alignment: The alignment of your people, product(s), processes and strategic focus. By pulling together these 3 aspects into a cohesive whole, you can better understand your unique internal and external messages, and integrate them vertically and horizontally.
Tactical Planning & Integration: This is the action you take to ensure your people, products, and processes are in line with your higher goals. It is the stage of assessment and analysis that allows you to clearly see how you can lead your business into the future with tactical actions.
Inspiration – Motivation: Finding out how people will go the extra mile in your business is essential to maintaining a thriving culture and attainment of goals. This will look at how individuals are inspired, motivated, and recognized within your organization.
Learning/Coaching: Discover the learning needs within your organization, and create the opportunities needed to fill the gaps. Create an environment of endless learning to instill confidence in your team...and remember learning is not the same as training.
Measurement Results Indicators: Capture the key measurements that allow you to track goals, timelines and provide attainable tasks in order to modify performance and leverage opportunities.
CANI- Constant & Never Ending Improvement: This is a continuous process that doesn't stop after one round of assessments. Continue to ensure alignment, provide ongoing learning, track results, and provide rewards.
If you would like Aspire to work with your team to build 2014 strategies, ensure organizational alignment, or implement powerful team building approaches, contact Renie directly at 480-215-0653 or firstname.lastname@example.org
aspire is a strategic marketing, cultural alignment and training organization, delivering innovative solutions to businesses around the globe and specializing in the hospitality and customer service industries. We make significant impact on each client's revenues and profitability through our focus on sales, marketing, training, cultural alignment, and customer service.
Founded in 1995 by Chief Inspiration Officer and CEO Renie Cavallari, aspire's revolutionary strategic marketing, cultural alignment and training programs have impacted more than 5,000 businesses in 11 countries, helping global brands achieve breakthrough results.