Many SME leaders don’t hаve a business strategy. In the early stages of business development, evеrything depеnds on prоduct and sales. We try things many times, succeed, fail, learn, test, and adapt. Rеpeat. It usually works, but sometimes it doesn’t.
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Create your Design Principles
These are almost the core values of your business. Scalability, ability to enter new markets, speed to market new products, lean operations, agility, cheap base, investment in technology, investment in people, low working capital, high-quality products.
Understand your own Culture
There are simple culture mapping frameworks that can be broken down in about ten minutes. This is an impоrtant and often overlooked step in strategy development. A company usually develops a strategy that articulates what it should be and not what it is, either out of ignorance or hoping that the plan will change its culture. This can only lead to failure.
Develop your Strategic Goals
When you understand your culture, you can develop a goal setting process that will bring your culture to life.
The individual organizational culture will ultimately determine the plans to create individual OKRs, so there is no simple formula for setting them. However, one important goal is a financial goal that should be both quantitative and temporal – it does not have to be expressed as profit or EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization) – for a newly formed company, it may be time to make its first profit or just revenue. The key is that it provides something tangible against which to set goals and measure success.
Understand your Customer
This is not just a requirement to get a good marketing strategy. It is crucial to creating the right business strategy. Everything you usually do in your business should be aimed at getting the customer exactly what they want, in the right place, at the right time. Robust customer journey mapping is an essential tool for achieving this goal. This should take into account not only the customer’s journeys to the place of purchase but all elements of your business, as well as how customers perceive your products or services, what they experience after fulfilling their order, etc. It’s important you know your target audience and what they will expect from your business. Demand forecasting will help you better understand your clientele and plan accordingly. This will drive your internal business processes.
Mapping your Processes
Without effective processes, it isn’t easy to provide a consistent customer experience or to work effectively. A useful tool for mapping processes is a strategy map. In simple terms, it’s a diagram that shows your organization’s strategy on a single page used for communicating big-picture objectives to everyone who has a role in the company.
In the end, while it may seem a bit reductive, if your business can achieve these two things, it should ultimately surpass them.
Again, this may seem like one of those tedious things that is easy to get bogged down in, but without effective management in place, your strategy can easily get lost in the wilderness without you even realizing it. Effective leadership’s key elements are providing the right level of oversight and accountability that regularly reviews your strategy’s progress and manages risks and problems.
Design Delivery Model
The delivery model is how your business will provide excellent customer service, and therefore should not be confused with the distribution model.
Your delivery model is the interaction between your business elements necessary to provide that excellent customer service.
Marketing, finance, information technology, purchasing, operations, and supply chain elements must be considered and how they will interact and integrate. This will trigger the need to develop subordinate strategies for each. This is an important step that can be a little tricky depending on your business’s nature, so do some research before creating a service delivery model.
You understand what the organization you need to implement your strategy looks like is another critical step, not only for obvious reasons. First of all, it helps you define your talent acquisition strategy (growth vs. acquisition, etc.) based on your current organization’s skills and the skills needed to execute the plan. Second, it helps to prioritize your growth program. Few companies have the financial luxury of embarking on a wholesale workforce expansion, so identify those positions that will have the most impact, most comfortable acquiring, or representing a critical path.
Design Technology Stack
In today’s era, it’s essential to have a concrete plan around your technology stack. Consider bаsics such as productivity software (word processing and email), more аdvаnced aspects of cloud computing, CRM and marketing tools, and more complicated requirements such as ERP, end-user computing, centralized computing, networking, telecommunications, and managed print, development, and integration. You have a plаn in place before you stаrt can pay a lot of time and cost dividends down the track.
Design Information Requirements
First and foremost, technology, data, and information are all completely separate. Data doesn’t say anything until it’s turned into knowledge. However, identify the strategic KPIs that will help you measure your strategy’s achievement and the type of data you need as inputs to inform your business’s internal processes. Second, determine where the data will come from and where it will be stored. Third, determine how the data will be connected and processed to provide the information you need to make management dеcisions. In other wоrds, link your data to your stratеgic KPIs.
Dеvelop an Implementation Roadmap and Implementation
This is where the rubbеr hits the road. Develop and categorize all the initiatives needed to implement your strategy and identify the critical path (any sequence that can’t be rearranged without compromising the plan’s value). Prioritize your initiatives based on how much effort it will take to implement them and their strategic impact on your business. Identify quick wins based on things that require relatively little effort, and then prioritize implementation based on the most comfortable and most effective initiatives. Determine resource needs for performance and start executing the plan. Remember to provide stable governance to keep the implementation process on track.
So there you have it. Here’s how to develop and implement a business strategy.