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Strategic management is the process of specifying an organization's objectives, developing policies and plans to achieve these objectives, and allocating resources so as to implement the plans. It is the highest level of managerial activity, usually performed by the company's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and executive team. It provides overall direction to the whole enterprise. An organization's strategy must be appropriate for its resources, circumstances, and objectives. The process involves matching the companies' strategic advantages to the business environment the organization faces. One objective of an overall corporate strategy is to put the organization into a position to carry out its mission effectively and efficiently. A good corporate strategy should integrate an organization's goals, policies, and action sequences (tactics) into a cohesive whole. To see how strategic management relates to other forms of management, see management.
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1. Perform a Strategic Analysis: This stage begins with an analysis of the organization's external and internal environment. This analysis determines the organization's effectiveness and efficiency in meeting its present strategic objectives and fulfilling the mission of the organization. It involves getting key stakeholder wisdom into the room so that we move effectively to the next step, making choices about Strategic Direction.
Strategic Direction - Making Choices: This stage is about making choices about strategic direction. It answers the "what" question regarding what the organization hopes to become, who it is, what it can do. The Strategic Direction stage consists of developing and defining:
values and assumptions
environmental and industry characteristics
dominant and distinctive strengths/competencies.
goals and objectives
Within this context, the company makes strategic choices about its mission, goals, and objectives. It is the tension among these inputs that provide the opportunity for creativity on the one hand, and the setting of realistic strategies on the other.
Strategic Change Plan Design: This stage answers the "how" question. This step generates a carefully thought-out roadmap for how to move the organization from its current strategic orientation to the desired future position. It is both externally and internally focused, dealing not only with the content of the business but also provides guidelines for successful change within the organization by considering alliances, the nature of the organization's culture, and its readiness to support the desired changes.
Strategic Change Plan Implementation: This stage involves the actual implementation of the strategic plan. It provides a blueprint for traditional activities such as developing budgets and timetables and assigning responsibility for certain activities and results. This Implementation step also draws on an understanding of individual motivation, group dynamics, and organization change. The process continuously deals with such organizational issues such as alignment, adaptability, participation, and teamwork. It also includes measurements and review activities to assure that corrective steps are taken quickly when required and that necessary revisions are made in critical action programs, in timetables, and even in objectives.
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Creative and Innovative Management
Creativity and Innovation Management fills a crucial gap in management literature between the theory and practice of organizing imagination and innovation. It gives managers insights into introducing innovation within their organizations and accelerating the development of creative performance in their staff. The journal's central consideration is how to challenge and facilitate creative potential, and how then to imbed this into result orientated innovative business development.( by Petra de Weerd-Nederhof, Olaf Fisscher and Klaasjan Visscher)
Creativity can also be defined as problem identification and idea generation and innovation can be defined as idea selection, development and commercialization. From this simple definition, it is clear that certain cultural characteristics ought to be prevalent if creativity and innovation are to be maximized. And maximization of these ought to be a priority for senior leaders, as those organizations that take them seriously, tend to be leaders in their field, tend to maintain their leadership position longer and are quicker to bounce back when competitors leap frog.
There are many blocks that prevent expression of problems and hinder idea generation. Some solutions include:
a) An environment of psychological safety and freedom - accepting an individual as unconditioned worth; recognizing that the individual is capable of producing but that their value is not based on producing; understanding empathetically; understanding the individual from their point of feeling and view (Vernon, 1970).
b) Tolerance of failure - Accepting that many ideas will fail before one worthwhile one will surface and reach commercialization; recognizing that there are benefits to failure, such as competency expansion - Blade Runner was initially a commercial failure yet Ridley Scott went on to make some very successful movies. The Economist (2003) states that 3000 bright ideas result in 100 worthwhile projects, which are winnowed down to four development programmers. And four such development programmer are required to stand any chance of getting one winner.
Though senior leaders pay lip service to the above, the reality is often much different. Below are some easy and simple tests to gauge how well your organization is performing in practice.
a) Employee interviews. Are interviewees expected to conform to the prevalent norm of not contradicting the interviewer? If they do so, are they less likely to be selected? Interviewees who throw up many ideas and challenge existing methodologies at this stage are more likely to be expressive when they find problems in an organization and more likely to bring them to the attention of decision makers. They are also more likely to persuade others to do the same. Thought leaders are good drivers of change and prevent complacency - though as a result it is not unusual to find that they cause friction with senior leaders who for some reason or other may be resistant to change. Remember, today's thought leaders can easily become tomorrow's established bureaucracy.
b) Personality conflicts are quite normal within organizations. Some theories argue that all interactions on some level are conflict based. But are junior people penalized when they conflict with senior people? Even if the senior person is in the wrong, do they get their way for the sake of preserving the existing order, structure and processes? Is the junior person made to feel that his or her behavior needs to be monitored under threat of some sort of negative result or punishment? This is i) contradictory to an environment of psychological safety and freedom and results in suppression, not expression, of problem identification and idea generation and ii) a strong indicator that the culture is moving in the wrong direction.
c) Are senior leaders confident enough to leave themselves open to evaluation from all others in an organization? Status deference has many negatives including i) higher status individuals tend to dominate the session and reduce the participation of others, ii) people allow higher status individuals to do all the idea generation, iii) people place higher value on ideas produced by higher status individuals and iv) people have a greater tendency to allow higher status individuals to get away with bad ideas.
Be able to support creative and innovative management process for an organization
We have to manage the following things to able to support creative and innovative management process for an organization.
Teamwork and creativity
Suppose that every organization had within it four teams, each of which had a specific task. People on these teams would have other roles as well, but would work with others, using teamwork to fulfill a specific task.
The focus of each team would be distinct, and it is important that this distinctiveness is preserved. There should be no question of integrating the functions of the teams or of exchanging members. It is possible that over time a particular person could switch from one team to another. This switch would be deliberate and permanent and not just for the moment.
The rigidity of this team structure might surprise those who believe that creativity should be free and unstructured.
Team one is the 'values' team. The role of this team is to find and figure out values that matter. Values might arise from social observation. Values might be triggered by changes in technology.
Technology might even create negative values, and then there will be a need to get rid of the negative values.
Team two is the 'idea team'. The idea team takes the defined values from the value team and seeks to design an idea that would allow the values to be delivered in a practical way.
It is not just a matter of delivering the values, but of delivering them in a way that makes business sense. There has to be profitability and there has to be cost control.
Team three is the 'implementation' team. Implementation has to go into detail in a very specific way. It is not enough to say: 'there would be a way of doing this'. The specific way would have to be spelled out. How is it going to be done? Who is going to pay for it? What might the problems be?
Team four is the 'assessment' team. There has been a defined value. There has been an idea for delivering that value. There has been a specific suggestion as to how the idea might be implemented. The assessment team can now look at the whole picture. It should function in a positive and constructive sense. Where necessary, modifications might be suggested. The assessment team should contain creative people as well as number-crunchers.
The proposed teams - Value, Idea, Implementation, Assessment - work separately, but together: like the four legs of a horse or the four wheels of a car.
Another analogy might be the human digestive tract. Each part does its prescribed job and then passes matters on to the next section. The clearly defined function of each team clarifies the thinking and ensures that every aspect of an innovation is fully considered.
The value of collaboration
Co-creation is the business idea of the moment. Lately, wherever I go, the desire to get closer to customers, stakeholders, suppliers, etc is at the very center of everyone's strategic planning.
This was most emphatically driven home in the "Driving Strategic Innovation" program - itself a collaborative venture between my school, IMD, and MIT's Sloan School of Management - where close to 60 Chief Innovation Officers recently came together for a week to discuss the latest trends in innovation.
They came from all types of industries: from manufacturing to services, from government to the sciences; and from across the world. The surprise here was that in virtually every opportunity to describe or construct an effective innovation solution, these seasoned veterans of innovation immediately turned to some type of collaborative arrangement in order to enlarge their idea pool, control costs or ensure that projects met their promised delivery times.
Co-creating new offerings in association with value-chain partners, either upstream (suppliers), or downstream (customers, or customers' customers) was seen as the smarter way to ensure acceptance and commercial success of a good idea.
What is so remarkable about all of this is that not so long ago, these same professionals would most likely have only been concerned with the aspects of innovation that occurred within the boundaries of their organization; things that they could legitimately control. After all, that's the way innovation was done for most of recorded history.
For decades, business school teaching on innovation was concerned with building more effective "filters" to avoid pursuing ideas that would not lead to commercial success.
Today, however, it's almost the reverse. We can manage very nicely within our organization, but it's the outside that we need to work more effectively with - to literally bring the outside inside, so that we can shorten the time and distance between those who have the next good idea and those who can benefit from it.
Now, rather than being preoccupied with filtering ideas, we are hungry for ways to get more and better ideas. We can always filter later.
In a forthcoming book, entitled "The Idea Hunter" which be published next spring, my co-authors and I argue that the pace of change in today's world is such that in order to stay ahead, astute companies and individuals must recognize that the hunt for new ideas has to become continuous and relentless. They need to be cognizant that almost always the more ideas you can work with, the better.
In fact, if you take this to the next logical step, you arrive at the conclusion that: the more minds you can engage in the hunt for new ideas, the better. This has become part of my professional mantra: More ideas are always better than fewer; more minds are always better than fewer! Always, not sometimes! And, of course, the more different minds you can enlist, the higher the probability of finding a really different idea.
Implicit in all of this is an acceptance that I will now have to make tougher calls on not pursing quite a few of the good ideas out of the many that I can get, but getting them is more important than worrying about how to filter them. Collaboration will become a way of life, rather than an occasional strategic "experiment."
Only a few weeks ago, I had a chance to try this first-hand. IMD was working with a global-leading fast moving consumer goods company that was concerned about issues of brand-building. They wanted to generate "Wow!Brands" - those which excite consumers and create a viral "buzz" in the marketplace and have a sustaining capability to do this repeatedly.
Apple, Red Bull and Football Club Barcelona are three examples of such brands because they are exciting, energizing and each has created a tribal allegiance among their customers, supporters and fans.
The challenge for our client company was applying lessons from such brands. The "Wow! factor" is more an emotional, visceral, reaction rather than an intellectual construct. And this, in turn, suggests that to try to "teach" people about "Wowness" - to instruct them in a classical teaching classroom format - would be far less effective, maybe even futile, than to invite the target audience (the participants) into the planning of this program from the very start, so that they could help define, from each of their distinctive local perspectives (they came from throughout the world), what "wowness" means to them and why.
In a sense, we were all teaching each other, simultaneously, and co-creating the course as we did. This changed everything. My principle role, as a "professor" was no longer to "broadcast the truth" but to provide frameworks and vocabulary by which each participant could interpret their local experience into part of what became a shared global story about what it took to create a Wow!Brand.
The results were extraordinary. The week was energizing, everyone was completely engaged and we all learned from each other. Without co-creation, the results would have been far less impressive, and far less effective in contributing to the strategic aspirations of our client firm.
Among the biggest lessons we learned were:
Wow!Brands dream bigger than the others, but if you rely only upon "corporate insiders" for your dreams, you will have a very small set.
The Wow!Brands have all used regular customers to share their dreams in order to create the future.
Most firms "push" to customers, rather than inviting the customers to "pull" - Wow!Brands enjoy the "power of pull" from their fully-engaged co-creating customers.
Someone in any organization needs to be responsible for making co-creation happen; it just doesn't happen on it's own.
Co-creation requires sufficient managerial self-confidence to allow others (outsiders) to help plot the organization's future. This can be somewhat frightening, because you are giving up total control of the innovation process.
Finally, there is more than one "lost generation" of decision-makers in today's large organizations - successful managers who are so unfamiliar with social networking technologies that they are not even aware of what is going on in the world around them, and as a result they run the risk of making the wrong strategic choices.
My biggest personal take-away from the "Wow!Brand" week was that, as always, getting more minds engaged in sharing the burden of creating new ideas, both made it easier to find these new ideas, but also the resulting ideas were much more interesting than if I had tried to do it myself, or with a small team.
The big challenge, of course, is "trust": giving-up absolute control over the end-results, and trusting others to contribute their best to a group effort. The participants, in fact, spoke of "fear" when it came to sharing idea-leadership with value-chain partners, but, in the end, we all agreed that the power of the final results, were worth far more than the security of controlling who participated, when and how.
Co-creation will become the way of the future in describing all innovative activity and that collaboration - which has become one of IMD's new values - will characterize how we go about all of what we do. Remember: More ideas are always better than fewer; more minds are always better than fewer! Collaboration makes this possible!
Creativity can be a block to the top
Creativity might be a trait many CEOs say is essential for senior leadership, but it seems that widely-held perceptions of "creative people" and "effective leaders" often clash. Creative people are viewed as risky and unpredictable, while leaders are expected to reduce uncertainty and uphold the norms of the group.
"Our three studies show that when people voice creative ideas, they are viewed by others as having less leadership potential," said Jack Goncalo, assistant professor of organizational behavior in Cornell's ILR School.
In other words, he added, creative people are getting filtered out on their way to the top. While people claim they want creativity, when given the opportunity, they actually preserve the status quo by sticking with unoriginal thinkers.
As Edward de Bono pointed out here on management Issues earlier this year, the problem leaders have with creativity is two-fold. If you yourself have done very well with the existing modes of thinking, why should you encourage others to learn further modes? But if you live in innocent ignorance of the other modes of thinking, how can you be anything but complacent about thinking?
In troubled times, however, this complacency and tendency towards group-think can be fatal. Today's CEOs must navigate a sea of VUCA - volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity. Yet unoriginal thinkers - that means most CEOs - are always looking to reduce volatility and increase predictability. They lack the creativity to look at things in a different way and see problems as opportunities, skills that are more important now than ever before.
As Goncalo points out, this might help explain why many of the 1,500 leaders surveyed in 2010 by IBM's Institute for Business Value doubted their abilities to lead through complex times.
Perhaps promoted for their unspoken promises to preserve the status quo, Goncalo suggests, leaders are often expected to change the status quo when they arrive at the top - an uncanny mismatch that was previously unidentified and which leaves a leadership void at the very point at which new insights and approaches are so desperately required.
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Effects of Leadership Change on Your Organization
The American Red Cross has gone through five leaders in eight years, prompting David Hoffman, CEO of DHR Recruiting to comment, "I don't know how an organization gains any type of momentum with such frequent leadership changes, because each one comes in with a new vision or strategy." Obviously, its better for a company to shed itself of a bad leader than to put its fate in the wrong person's hands just to maintain consistency of vision. But change in the CEO spot isn't always catastrophic.
Roger Wery, a director in consulting firm PRTM's operational strategy practice, suggests several factors help predict the effect of leadership change:
The industry. Fast-paced industries like retail, fashion and technology are more sensitive to C-suite churn.
The type of change previous management implemented. Frequent fundamental change hurts an organization. Companies with a strong culture can combat that. So does the quality of management under the C-suite.
Effectiveness of the board. According to Wery, "The more dysfunctional the board, the more unstable the CEO is. You want the board to be constructively skeptical, but you ultimately want a collegian board."
Over the past decade, CEO turnover's been on the rise (a 59 percent increase between 1995 and 2006) and it doesn't show signs of slowing down. A near-constant revolving door in the C-Suite is slowly becoming the norm - meaning organizations must be prepared to deal with leadership transition to minimize the damaging effects of change.
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Satisfying Motivational Needs and Achieve Meaningful Work
In this new era, past employment experiences encompassing continuity and predictability has changed. In exchange, we see organizations which are moving aggressively towards more efficiency and competitive advantage. They are influenced greatly by inevitable forces of change such as deregulation, restructuring, globalisation and the desire for knowledge capital. From the employee's point of view, adapting is vital but there are mixed results to this adaptation, with potential problems such as work stress, illness, and underperformance. To counter such problems, focus should be placed on psychological well-being which helps to create a balance between personal and organizational life through self-identity, and self-esteem, leading to the sense of stability. In this report, we will look at the motivational need systems of individuals, followed by the importance of meaningful work, and also how these two factors when combined help create a healthy workplace, and finally the role of organization in promoting such environment.
Firstly, we look at motivational need systems. They are the basic driving forces that influence human behaviour and are adaptive with time. Two particular systems are the need for attachment/affiliation and also the need for exploration and assertion. In the former, there is an innate pleasure of sharing and affirmation, which promotes self worth and self esteem. In the latter, the ability to explore and choose what one likes to do will go a long way to encourage effectiveness and competency.
Furthermore, in order to find meaning in work, there should be a balance between the inner and outer reality. This will promote authenticity and constancy whereby the employee experiences heightened personal accomplishment and competence. With this sense of significance and orientation, the individual will develop a sense of self and identity. When coupled with the above two motivational need systems, it will allow individuals to feel a sense of purpose, sense of belonging, sense of self-determination, and of competence which motivates him/her to do even more. This creates trust and mutual respect between the individual and the organization, and empowers the employee to do their best. This promotes a healthy workplace which contributes to and reinforces adaptive functioning.
To conclude, we emphasize that organizations play an equally important role in creating well-functioning individuals in today's employment scene. A humane corporate culture can flourish in companies which are capable of inspirational leadership, providing excellent perks, and the sense of purposefulness to the employees. Policies which accomplish this include information sharing, flexible hours, removal of hierarchy, and profit sharing. This lays the groundwork for better mental health for the individual and the organization. Through meaningful work, the issue of potential breakdown of the psychological contract becomes inexistent, and this provides the individuals with the necessary psychological well-being to function well in today's employment scene.