Adaptive Strategic Execution
Smarter Project-Based Work for a More Complex World
With disruptive technologies, new forms of competition, and far-reaching globalization, every industry has become more volatile and complex. Not only has this dynamism made the future less predictable, it has forced a tighter coupling between strategy formulation and execution. With less ability to predict the future and greater need for speed to stay ahead of competition, organizations must be able to sense and adapt in real time. While some of this adaptive capability is embedded in organizational processes and technology, the greatest source of competitive leverage in these situations comes from leaders. Having a cadre of flexible, adaptive leaders is a critical asset.
The volume and strategic importance of projects is growing in organizations. While organizational technology and processes are part of building a more adaptive organization, leaders are the key leverage point.
Leaders are the Levers Who Make a Difference
In this demanding operating environment where projects are both pervasive and critical, building adaptive strategic leaders is essential. The traditional theory of leading projects centers on tightly managing cost, scope and schedule. These disciplines are still essential as are developing great plans and creating effective routines. They are necessary but insufficient. Today, the ability to adapt to changing conditions, design innovative solutions to new challenges, and collaborate more intensely while influencing are equally important. The new Adaptive Strategic Execution Program (ASEP), offered by Duke Corporate Education and TwentyEighty Strategy Execution, is designed to address this full set of challenges to prepare project leaders.
Participants learn how to thrive by mastering how to lead skillfully across the three fundamental domains of strategy, people and work. Learning to integrate these domains effectively enables organizations to maximize agility in strategic execution, which not only improves their results, but equips them to outmaneuver competition. Today, leaders of project-based work at every level must develop an adaptive mindset to guide the organization through the increasingly dynamic, emergent, and collaborative context. Project-based work leaders must simultaneously navigate the three domains by:
- Thinking and acting strategically to understand, respond to, and influence the vision, goals, and outcomes of the work
- Redefining and reconfiguring the work to drive work processes as effectively and efficiently as possible
- Engaging people in doing the work by leading them in ways that unlocks their best efforts
Project Leaders Must:
Make sense of the complex context within which the strategy must be executed
Manage stakeholder relationships to ensure successful strategy execution
Align strategy with work activity to reduce the strategy execution performance gap
Apply design thinking to improve the results of project based strategic initiatives
Influence work activities to optimize strategy execution
Deliver optimal business value while executing the strategy
Build highly effective distributed and diverse strategy execution teams
Drive and influence the change required to execute the strategy
Curriculum: Certificate Path
The Adaptive Strategic Execution Program curriculum consists of eight courses, each of which is purposefully designed to extend the mindset, toolset, and skillset of the project-based work leader to navigate these domains in increasingly complex contexts.
The Adaptive Strategic Execution Program is delivered through flexible formats that increase reach and improve learning and impact through blended/modern learning. Through open enrollment, leaders receive certification and build the skills to raise their game and elevate their careers. Through the on-site contextualized offering, companies get a cadre of leaders who are the catalysts to run successful projects and move the company forward.
To complete the certificate, leaders must take six of eight courses.
Required courses: Aligning Work With Strategy, Making Sense of Complexity
Elective Courses: Influencing Without Authority, Building Effective Teams, Design Thinking for Results, Managing Critical Relationships, Delivering Business Value, Driving and Influencing Change
Read a post from Managing Director Ed Barrows on why Strategic Alignment Demands New Skills today.