An effective strategy is not measured by the number of pages, its weight or the sound it makes when it lands on the desk. It is measured the effect it has on your business. Does it elicite action, do people reference it, is it practical.

If not, it is likely missing something. I am passionate about taking weight tested strategic documents, translating them into the POPS: Pillars of Practical Strategy. A simple set of lean canvases that result in clear activities, tactics and objectives teams can focus on day to day.

Strategy without tactics is the slowest rout to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.

Sun Tzu

Helping my customers develop their strategy is one of the most fulfilling pieces of work I get to do. I work with businessess, teams and entrepreneurs to develop their strategy so that they can focus on the day to day activites that will get them their ten year goals.

There are many different strategic tools I have used to help customers nail strategy, so they can get on with delivery. Tools that help with heat mapping current capabilities, such as the ‘Delivery Success Model’.

The ‘Delivery Success Model’. A reference model developed for understanding the roles in an IT Multi-disiplined team needed to deliver and the skills needed to underpin its success.

Another example of the strategic tools I use with customers is the POPS: Pillars of Practical Strategy.

POPS: Pillars of Practical Strategy

The POPS are all a business needs to be clear on who they are, what they do, where they are going and how to get there.

I have taken the best pieces of strategy I have learnt from the military and business, brining them together to enable businesses identify, develop, document and act on their strategic goals.

The Pillars

  • Brand Canvas
  • Business Model Canvas
  • Customer and Competition Map
  • Value Proposition Canvas
  • StoA: Strategy to Action Canvas