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Back to SAI Home page Important Elements for this Strategic Alignment component. Contact SAI for more Ideas and Information

Strategy Engagement
The SAI Model - Click on any SAI Model component for more detail. SHARED VISION - This is your clearly articulated, desired, measurable and shared destination that incorporates customers, business results, unit offerings and peoples' aspirations. (Click here for more detail.) ORGANIZATION - These are the units outside of yours, that is, the rest of the organization. (Click here for more detail.) STRATEGIC ELEMENTS - These are the business fundamentals of your unit which include: defining what business you are in, how you differentiate yourself, what short and long term business results you want to achieve, how you are going to realize them and how you will get everyone in the unit committed to getting there. (Click here for more detail.) CULTURE - This is the sum total of all the shared, taken-for-granted assumptions or mental models, values and behaviours that people in your unit have learned throughout their history in the unit that have led to them and the unit being successful. (Click here for more detail.) KEY BUSINESS PROCESSES - These are the primary cross-functional chain of activities that deliver your products or services to your customers (either internal or external).  They deliver the customer products or services required to achieve your unit's shared vision. (Click here for more detail.) UNIT STRUCTURE - This is the design for how your resources, human and other, are organized and linked to enable the realization of your unit's shared vision.  This includes defining your critical operating mechanisms necessary to ensure your structure realizes the potential of your design. (Click here for more detail.) ENABLING ASSETS & SYSTEMS - These are your unit's core competencies (skills and capabilities), all tangible assets (including what you own) and systems, such as performance management, and policies and procedures, which are key to achieving your unit's shared vision. (Click here for more detail.) STRATEGY DEPLOYMENT - This is the process you use to get the required understanding, commitment and behaviours of everyone needed to achieve your unit's shared vision. (Click here for more detail.)
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STRATEGY
ENGAGEMENT


This is the method you use to get the required engagement, commitment and alignment of behaviours of everyone needed to achieve your unit's shared vision.




Elements

The four key "Elements" for this component are:

Identify Strategic Measures The essence of this element is to arrive at a few (8-12) high-level strategic measures linked to your Vision that are both financial and non-financial. You will also need to track them regularly, adjust them, and align organization activities to increase the likelihood of achieving them.

Clarify Roles & Accountabilities
The most exquisite and lofty strategy must ultimately be grounded in the roles of the people whom you trust will do their part to execute strategy. Roles are the primary linking element for executing the strategy. Porter (1995) wrote that the essence of strategy is the "choice of activities and how they are performed. Activities, then, are the basic units of competitive advantage." Roles define those activities as they relate to people.
Align Compensation, Rewards & Recognition Compensation, rewards, and recognition are the primary management shapers and reinforcers of behaviour. Once people know what activities are to be done and who will do them, reinforcing their behaviours is essential to execute your strategy.

Shape the Culture
The culture permeates every aspect of the organization. This is the sum total of all the shared, taken-for-granted assumptions or mental models, values and behaviours that people in your unit have learned throughout their history in the unit that have led to them and the unit being successful. All of the above elements are part of and express the culture. While almost all senior leaders acknowledge that their organizations have a culture, and that it is important, few know its dimensions or how to manage it with confidence. Yet if that culture does not support your strategies, the strategies will not take root and flourish, and you will not realize your goals.
 
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