If “Organizations are looking to leaders at every level of the hierarchy to “think strategically” and “be strategic” “
Then it is implied that leaders at the first level (which is one of every) should be doing that.
Options to fix:
We can either delete this slide(or the previous), or repurpose is to say something more specific about new leaders. Maybe – “Strategy is essential for new leaders BECAUSE… since in the previous slide we state the “what” now we can state the “why” (and you follow this up with the ‘how’ so that could be a nice progression)
“first level leaders need to really understand it reads strangely. Could we change this slide to be more like:
UNDERSTAND -In order to interpret strategy, first level leaders need to execute these (strategic) leadership behaviors: - Ask Questions - Scan information for additional data (don’t need to say internal and external as that is inherently all data) - Offer insights and input the help shape corporate decisions: - For example “My store had success with x/y/z, this could work for our region as a whole”
First level / new leaders need to be able to frame situations for themselves and their team
This includes: Bounding what matters in a situation Engaging others to view situations through multiple lenses. Understanding that if they apply a narrow frame it enables action, while a broader frame may enable more creative behavior.
Graphic idea: (on the left): Corporate strategy: Enter New Markets! (middle): New leader (pointing both left and right – or maybe directing traffic) (right): Stop Doing This (maybe stop sign with a list) and Start Doing That (maybe green traffic light with a list)
I would get rid of the first sentence, because with that setup then we should also be including “understood” and it’s sort of implied that this is the next step because we have them in a numbered list.
Could just say:
“strategic communication requires that leaders cover four different areas” (MODEL)
The mini-bullets are great, the big bullet needs to be re-worded.
Some options / suggestions:
In order to execute on their high-level thinking / decisions, strategic leaders: -Document assumptions and hypotheses to create awareness -Fact check with multiple sources -Share their ideas with people who have different opinions
After the framing and translating processes, new strategic leaders need to understand if their decisions will be effective or not. They can achieve this by: -Document assumptions and hypotheses to create awareness -Fact check with multiple sources -Share their ideas with people who have different opinions
We have the “strategic communication checklist” Can definitely link to strategic leader blog and let’s talk.
Go to the page that’s like “here’s our program”
https://blog.insight-experience.com/topic/new-leaders https://www.insight-experience.com/new-leaders Link to let’s talk.
New Leaders are Strategic Leaders Too
New Leaders are
Strategic Leaders Too
Strategy is the
work of senior
Leaders at every
level of business
need to understand
this mean for
New leaders may
be at the first
level of leadership
they have a role
in strategy too.
• New leaders often see decisions only at
• Effective leaders understand that there
are multiple layers to these decisions.
In order to explain the “why” to others,
– Ask questions.
– Scan internal and external information
sources for additional data.
– Offer insights and input to help shape
The leader’s frame of the strategy:
• Bounds what matters in a
– What’s worth paying attention to.
• Engages others to view a situation
through the leader’s lens.
• Narrow frames enable action;
broad frames enable creativity.
• A corporate strategy
does not mean
anything to front line
employees until it is
actionable work that
is meaningful to
• Communication should be based on your frame and translation.
• Strategic communication requires that new leaders cover four different areas.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF US?
» What are our goals?
» What do you want us to do?
» Am I being held accountable to
ARE WE MOTIVATED
BY WHAT WE HEAR?
» What is the tone of the message?
» Have we been recognized for our
» Does the message have the
intended emotional impact?
WHAT IS OUR STRATEGY?
» What is the big picture?
» How does our work connect to the
» Why is our work important?
» What is happening that influences
IS WHAT I’M HEARING…?
» Consistent with our business
» Consistent with leader’s actions?
» Consistent over time?
» Consistent with what others are
• New leaders who think
strategically know their frames
include assumptions and
hypotheses. Strategic leaders:
– Document assumptions and
hypotheses to create awareness.
– Fact check with multiple sources.
– Share their ideas with people
who have different opinions.
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