E38 - Better Strategic Planning For Better Teams

Don’t do strategy backwards! And don’t do it on your own either. Strategic planning when you do it well is an excellent way to enhance employee experience and build team buy in.

We look at:

  • Mistakes in strategic planning
  • Three key steps to collaborative strategic planning
  • How good strategy builds better teams


Bonus Notes:

The Big Ideas Summit   


Key Tips:

Step 1: What the hell is going on?

Consider, ‘what might be true in five years’?

Consider the local, national, global trends affecting you, your business, and your clients.

Map out the key drivers and trends affecting your complex context.


  • Social
  • Technical
  • Economic
  • Environmental
  • Political
  • Organisational

You can also assess the metalanguage and meta story:

Richard Hames - 5 Literacies of Global Leadership 

Peter Senge’s systems thinking will catapult your leadership thinking

Step 2: How should we respond?

Scenario planning: pick the two most volatile trends. These are the trends that could go one way or another - the trends that have the most uncertainty. Map these trends on the two axis of a quadrant model. Next explore what these four new possible worlds might look like.

Some more tips here 

Next, how should we respond to these possible worlds?

Step 3: What should we do?