Strategic Diversity

What is it and why should it be important for you?

You have probably seen in practice that there can be a big gap between strategy and execution. This is due to the fact that an organisation is run by a myriad of complex systems and little nuances that have an impact on executing your strategy on a day-to-day setting. Organisations are run by the people who are a part of this ecosystem and thus the skill-set of these people has a direct impact on executing your plans in order to grow your business. This can be seen in all phases of growth, no matter if you are a startup, in the phase of accelerating growth or launching new products. In order to be successful in strategy execution, you will require a team of people, working together, sharing a set of common values and goals in order to create the future of your organisation. We at Human Insight have researched different type of organisations and time and time again the data shows that diverse teams are better in attaining goals, executing strategy and overall performance. 

With the help of the AEM-Cube we can research where individuals contribute to growth. Now, where it gets interesting is, gathering data of all your personnel and plotting these datapoints in order to see if there is a good balance within your organisation, or if there is a possible skewness and what effect does this have on the day-to-day operations or your organisation. Each individual has a distinct natural contribution to growth, and a surplus of certain talents can have a negative effect on your organisation. So, it is key to look at an individual’s most effective contribution to growth stages of strategy development and execution. These stages can be made visual by using the S-Curve model whereby stages of growth represent at the start: incubation, rapid growth, maturity, and eventually decline. Teams that are strategically divers have the unique talent to make rapid adjustments across this S-Curve. 

 

Strategic Diversity and Strategic Agility? So where is the overlap?

Organisations, successful ones, are able to jump the S-Curve and reinvent themselves in order to exist. Just like the survival of the fittest, it is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change, - Charles Darwin. This move from one S-Curve to another S-Curve is one that asks a lot of people, it can be a time where there can be a lot of chaos due to the fact that the old business model is imploding and the organisation and its people are moving to a new one. It helps when we place and organise ourselves so that people who like to operate in this chaos, are thriving and are leading the rest of the team towards a more stable environment.  The AEM-Cube helps to manage diversity and to deal with the agility of how to interact with rapid change. This is best managed by strategic diverse teams, groups of people within the organisation. 

How Do I Find Out More? 

Human Insight is organising a special partnermeeting on the 3rd of March, The Hague, Zuid Hollandlaan 7 in conjunction with Purdue University, Agile Strategy Labs. During this event Scott Hutcheson from Agile Strategy Labs will present how to react and adapt to change. Giving you clear insight and tools in order to be able to take the next step. A good hands-on presentation in combination with practical steps and guidelines. 

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