In today’s dynamic world, the old static planning methods no longer work. The key to success is to create an adaptive enterprise capable of generating winning strategies and renewing those strategies.
Professor Willie Pietersen, faculty director of the Creating and Executing Breakthrough Strategy program at Columbia Business School Executive Education, introduces the Strategic Learning process – a unique way of integrating strategic analysis, focus, alignment, and execution in the program.
Creating and Executing Breakthrough Strategy offers a set of practical tools to achieve this kind of organizational agility. The program introduces you to the Strategic Learning Process, a unique 4-step model which has been battle tested and is being applied successfully by many global companies and not-for-profit organizations to create and implement winning strategies repeatedly over time.
Strategic Learning is an insight-to-action process.
The four linked action steps move in a cycle (see picture below):
1) Learn about the external environment and your organization’s own realities;
2) Focus by making choices about where you will compete and how you will win;
3) Align your people and your business system behind your strategy;
4) Execute faster and better than your competitors.
That takes the firm back to the Learn step, thus creating an ongoing cycle of learning and renewal.