Strategic Controls

Steering strategy execution to perform

Strategic controls are the processes used to manage the execution of company strategy. They serve to course-correct against obstacles and steer the company in the desired direction toward achieving future goals.

Strategic controls are fundamental in managing the complexity of executing strategy, including navigating changing market conditions, dealing with unexpected hurdles, pinpointing their origin, unravel cause and effect, and steering efforts in the desired direction.

Common management concerns in strategy execution include the following:

  • Why is the execution effort not showing up in results?
  • Is the organization working for or against execution?
  • Are we using the right approach?
  • Do we have the right indicators in place?
  • Where / what is the issue?
  • By the time we catch up, will the ground have shifted from under our feet?
  • Is the original strategy still valid?
  • Do we need to revisit our assumptions?
  • How frequently?

Strategic controls go a long way to mitigate these concerns.

How We Help

We help clients keep the execution of their strategy on track.

We provide three types of strategic control at vital checkpoints of the strategy execution process.

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Premise Control

We help clients examine the continued validity of the assumptions fundamental to their strategy, including market growth, competitive dynamics, relative cost position, and more ... learn more

Premise Control

The formulation of strategy is based on assumptions about the environment and the business, e.g. market growth, competitive dynamics, relative cost structure, and so forth. Premise control examines these assumptions to determine whether circumstances have changed, or information is no longer valid. Based on this type of strategic control, management can recognize changes in the premise and take action accordingly.

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Implementation Control

We assist clients to determine and achieve results as expected. We analyze tactics and operating initiatives against key performance indicators and financial measures ... learn more

Implementation Control

The key issues about strategy implementation are two: Is the strategy being executed as planned? And, are actual results being produced as expected? Implementation control takes the form of monitoring and performing strategic reviews at specific milestones of the program. We analyze tactics and operating initiatives against key performance indicators and financial measures to determine operating effectiveness and variance from plans. With this information, adjustments and course corrections are performed as necessary.

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Evaluation of Organizational Alignment

We help management diagnose the organization to ensure proper alignment to the strategy. Any misalignment signals the need for corrective organizational design ... learn more

Evaluation of Organizational Alignment

The effectiveness of an organization is a measure of its ability to deploy the strategy. With the right organization in place, the strategy takes off. Without it, it grinds to a halt. The evaluation of organizational effectiveness is a strategic control that verifies the degree of alignment between strategy and structure. A reading of misalignment signals the need for corrective organizational design.

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The Results You Can Expect

  • Identification of obstacles to strategy execution
  • Installation of the right controls
  • Determination of requirements for success
  • Corrective action
  • Controlled strategy execution