What We Do And Why We Do It
What We Do And Why We Do It
Bailey Strategic Innovation Group provides a vast array of services to meet the needs of your organization. Including:
These items represent that 'what' that we do. However, more importantly, we are focused on 'why' we do this work. Our methodology is focused on Alignment, Awareness, and Action. When we help you achieve these three things, meetings will begin to feel different, conversations will begin to feel different, productivity will begin to feel different.
Awareness is when the members of your team are aware of strategic or cultural direction of the team. It is alarming how often this step is missed.
Alignment is when the members of your organization or team are all focused on achieving the same goal. Without alignment, many well-intentioned people work very hard and ultimately do little to advance toward the strategic goal.
Action is when the members of your organization start giving discretionary effort toward achieve the strategic or cultural goal. Action is where the rubber meets the road.
Contrary to common experience, a solid strategic plan does not take months to complete. Usually, the planning team wastes dozens of hours uselessly debating the “rightness” or “wrongness” of each others ideas.
The BSIG 8-Hour Strategic Plan is designed to get everyone in the room on the same page, and communicating effectively and efficiently. The result is unusually high degrees of alignment, and MUCH more rapid agreement on the future direction of the organization.
As leaders and managers, we are tuned to see the world as a series of problems to solve. Therefore, when we think about planning, we look to accomplish projects to solve those problems. The major drawback in project-based strategic planning, is that projects are a means to an end, rather than the ultimate result. The main reason that this is so important is because we know that there are virtually infinite ways to get from A to B, and if we lock into one method, we lose the ability to try (or even consider) the others.
The BSIG 8-Hour Strategic plan method teaches people how to look at their organization with Results colored glasses, for a plan that moves the organization forward and doesn’t become obsolete when a project is completed.
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Unfortunately for progress, the word 'bias' (defined as a systematic error in thinking that can influence our behaviors) is connoted as a bad word. Because of this connotation, many people are unwilling to acknowledge that they in fact have several biases, and in turn, are unable to learn from them.
We must first let go of the idea that bias = bad. Then we must explore and acknowledge our own biases. THEN we can train ourselves to choose our behavior given the understanding of our biases.
Bias is rooted in psychology, and it describes our natural ability to take past experiences, knowledge, or understanding and use them to form our worldview and preferences. Often times, we are unaware that our biases exist but if I ask you ten different times to sign your name, you will likely use the same hand each time. If I were to ask you if you could sign with the other hand, you would like think or say, "no." But you can. It may not look like what you want it to, but you can. In this case, we have a bias (or preference) toward our dominant hand.
Diversity or Inclusion
Eric Bailey and Nicole Lance of Lance Strategies share the keynote stage at the 2017 Arizona Women Leading Government symposium.
The phrase "we are diverse" permeates organizations across the world. Unfortunately, many times, 'diversity' is a box to check, or a quota to hit. This is not the point. In fact several research studies indicate that an ethnically balanced organization performs significantly better than industry peers.
Not only is it important that we have diversity of experience and of thought represented in our teams, but it is important to actively include various people into conversation, decision-making, and information sharing. The simple act of inclusion has powerful repercussions that can change the course of a career.