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Srategic triangulation past, present and possible

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  • 1. NAVIGATING the PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE Strategic Triangulation
  • 2. The Concept of Triangulation • CONCEPTUAL triangulation is the use of three distinct yet related ideas that permit greater insight into each of the elements (analysis) as well as the resulting combination of elements (synthesis). Idea 1 Idea 2 Idea 3
  • 3. Past-Present-Possible Triangulation Principles • Principle 1: Every organization’s past, present and possible (future) are active all the time – The past includes all the historic RESULTS that an organization may have achieved AND our understanding of those results (which changes over time) PAST PRESENT POSSIBLE
  • 4. Past-Present-Possible Triangulation Principles • Principle 1: Every organization’s past, present and possible (future) are active all the time – The present includes all those RESPONSES (utilizing tangible and intangible resources) that are being made today to achieve future results we desire PAST PRESENT POSSIBLE
  • 5. Past-Present-Possible Triangulation Principles • Principle 1: Every organization’s past, present and possible (future) are active all the time – The possible involves all the future REPOSITIONING effects we desire from our present responses. PAST PRESENT POSSIBLE
  • 6. Past-Present-Possible Triangulation Principles • Principle 2: The past, present and possible are connected in terms of – What we OBSERVE – What we UNDERSTAND – What we DECIDE – How we ACT PAST PRESENT POSSIBLE O U D A
  • 7. Past-Present-Possible Triangulation Principles • Principle 2: The past, present and possible are subjective evaluations, not mere “facts.” At individual, interpersonal and institutional levels we create meaning, not simply discover it. PAST PRESENT POSSIBLE O U D A
  • 8. Past-Present-Possible Triangulation Principles • Principle 3: Strategic triangulation involves applying the art, science and craft of strategic thinking to enhance, deepen, broade n and sharpen the ways we deal with the past, present and possible. PAST PRESENT POSSIBLE O U D A
  • 9. Ideas for Strategic Triangulation • What follows are “strategic thinking triangles” that are designed to encourage strategic thinking by bringing together a triangle of ideas that capture both the distinctive nature of past, present and possible dimensions an organization faces and the ways those dimensions interact to create the organization building blocks, boundaries and barriers that “feed” an organization’s strengths and limitations as it encounters its opportunities and threats. •Three related ideas •Organizational strengths and limitations •Environmental opportunities and threats •Building blocks, boundaries and barriers to strategic success
  • 10. Strategic Triangles PAST PRESENT POSSIBLE Analysis Action Anticipation Becoming Behaving Believing Calibrating Communicating Conceptualizing Dissecting Doing Dreaming Evaluating Embracing Extending Fact-finding Forging Futuring Gathering Growing Germinating Head Hands Heart Investing Initiating Imagining Judging Joining Jettisoning Questions to investigate for each strategic trio of ideas: 1. How can each idea contribute to your understanding of strategy? 2. What impact might each of the ideas have on your understanding of the other ideas in the trio? 3. Taken together, what do the ideas share as a common theme (or themes)? 4. What are the potential building block, boundary and barrier issues suggested by each idea or some combination of the ideas?
  • 11. Strategic Triangles PAST PRESENT POSSIBLE Keeping Kneading Kindling Learning Leveraging Leaving Mindset Methodology Mind-mapping Nurturing Navigating Networking Organization Operations Opportunities Preservation Performance Prediction Quantification Quickness Quest Reflecting Responding Repositioning Selecting Succeeding Seeking Tracking Transforming Testing Questions to investigate for each strategic trio of ideas: 5. What are the strength/limitation and opportunity/threat issues suggested by each idea or some combination of the ideas? 6. How would each of the strategic ideas lead us to define strategic success and strategic failure? 7. How do each of the ideas help us better understand the nature of an organization’s past, present and possibility dimensions?
  • 12. Strategic Triangles PAST PRESENT POSSIBLE Understanding Undertaking Underwriting Valuing Viewing Venturing Wealth Work Wondering eXceptional eXcellent eXtraordinary Yoking Yielding Yearning Zoning Zeroing in Zealous Questions to investigate for each strategic trio of ideas: 8. How do each (or the combination) of the trio of ideas help us broaden our strategic observations, deepen our strategic understanding, sharpen our strategic decisions and energize and focus our strategic ideas? 9. Can you think of a better (more fruitful, more precise) word idea for any of the trio of ideas? 10.Do you see any strategically stimulating relationships between one or more of the idea trios?

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