A frequent complaint I hear from CEOs about their leadership team is their lack of ability to think strategically – to look up beyond the day-to-day activities and consider the critical factors and variables that will affect the long-term future of the organization.
I suggest this simple process to ensure a strategic leadership team discussion:
- Anytime a team member runs into something “strategic,” they post it on a shared website. What’s strategic? Anything that may (or may not) apply to the business, the industry, the clients, etc. It could be an article, a podcast, a book….. whatever strikes your team as “interesting.”
- In preparation for the leadership team meeting, each team member is required to look over the posts – and to select one to share the highlights with the team and why they thought it was interesting.
- During the meeting, the team dedicates time to go around the room and have each team member share and to discuss.
- Finalize the conversation with key themes for consideration. Capture the key themes in the shared website.
Over time, the team will notice a few overarching themes that could trigger new strategic initiatives. As a result, the team will start being more strategic in their thinking!
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KRISTIN ARNOLD, MBA, CPF | Master, CSP is a high-stakes meeting facilitator and professional panel moderator. She’s been facilitating teams of executives and managers in making better decisions and achieving greater results for over 27 years. She is the author of the award-winning book, Boring to Bravo: Proven Presentation Techniques to Engage, Involve and Inspire Audiences to Action. Her latest book, 123 Ways to Add Pizazz to a Panel Discussion was published in January 2021.