Having clear Strategic objectives helps you to use time effectively?
Leadership Tool: Focus on doing the right thing
Visualise the organisations direction by using an IO Map to show the Goal, Critical Success Factors and Necessary Conditions. Your team then has an understanding on what needs to be achieved and can focus on identifying and doing the right thing at the right time.
The IO Map is a useful leadership tool to promote strategic thinking and enable a candid discussion. The process of having to verbalise and write down the conditions that must be fulfilled in order to achieve the goal stimulates creative and critical thinking. Using the simple pattern in justifying the links between parent and child entities we can verify if the logic is valid.
It can take a couple of hours for first time users to get into. The basic idea is to set a goal and then work downwards and determine what Necessary Conditions (NCs) and Critical Success Factors (CSFs) need to be fulfilled in order to achieve the goal.
Visualising the organisations direction
For businesses the goal will generally be financially related, whereas schools and hospitals have other goals. We will focus on for profit businesses.
Under ideal situations there should be an IO Map at company level where the Goal is set by the Board of Directors. The Necessary Conditions and Critical Success Factors should be determined by senior and possibly middle management, and then agreed to with the Board. The company IO Map should be made available to the entire organisation so that all staff know what the ultimate goal is.
Based on the company IO Map each department or sub organisation can then develop their IO Map, with the goal being set by the person who the head of department reports to, such as the CEO or COO.