Quick Strategy Episode: 6-Questions To Make Your Growth More Strategic

This week is another quick strategy episode. I’m sharing a powerful strategic framework that organizations use to anchor and align their growth: Intentional Design.

What You’ll Learn:

  1. The difference between Referential & Iterative and Intentional Design approaches in strategic planning.
  2. How to define and analyze your organization’s focal problem for clearer vision and impact.
  3. Steps to develop a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG) and align your activities with your Theory of Change.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding the two basic strategic approaches: Referential & Iterative and Intentional Design.
  • Importance of clearly defining the focal problem your organization aims to solve.
  • Insight into leveraging your unique understanding of the problem for strategic advantage.
  • Crafting a BHAG to guide your organization’s strategic direction.
  • Developing a Theory of Change to choose the right strategies for impactful change.

Step-by-Step Process:

  1. Identify the Focal Problem: Define the specific problem your organization aims to solve, in simple terms that a 10-year-old could understand.
  2. Problem Analysis: Gain clarity on your unique insight into the problem and identify leverage points in the system.
  3. Set a BHAG: Define what ‘moving the needle’ looks like for your slice of the problem.
  4. Develop a Theory of Change: Determine the best strategies to achieve your BHAG, focusing on general approaches rather than specific activities.
  5. Outline Activities: Once you have your approaches, decide on the specific activities within each approach.
  6. Infrastructure Assessment: Evaluate what internal and external capacities, budget, staffing, networks, and systems are needed to scale your activities effectively.

Connect With Brooke:

Connect with Brooke Richie Babbage at www.brookerichiebabbage.com

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