I believe that we are distracted by planning tools. That is why I had an internal moan when I was introduced to the Micro Strategy Model Worksheet in Culturesync’s Tribal Leadership Intensive and was asked to put it to use.
Now that I’ve been practicing with it, I want to share the great results I’ve had using the ideas I’ve learned using this tool.
Like many other tools, Tribal Leadership’s Micro Strategy Model starts with your outcome or goal. Being a “micro” strategy, this is an outcome or goal that is reasonable to accomplish in 90 days time. Go ahead and download the Micro Strategy Model Worksheet and try it along with me.
#1 Write your outcome at the top. I will use myself as an example. My micro strategy is to launch and stabilize a project that has been in development for the last year: the Expert Content Distribution Program.
#2 Brainstorm the assets you have to help you accomplish your strategy. Remember, there are probably more than you think you have. For me, I listed all my knowledge, experience, the team, potential partners, coaches, and mentors, among other assets. I also have a mailing list, a few social networks, and local groups of which I am a part. The beauty of the micro strategy planning tool is that there is a powerful question on this side of the “martini glass.” That question is, “Do I have enough assets to achieve my outcome?” If the answer is “yes,” proceed to #3. If the answer in “no,” the next question is, “What assets do I need and how can I get them?”
#3 Brainstorm the actions that you will take, based on your assets, to accomplish your outcome. There are probably more actions than you originally thought. Things can be hidden. Use your assets to help you to think through the best actions. Then you can start to take action.
In my case, my actions were not producing the results that I needed. I reviewed my assets and called upon an associate to have a three-way conversation with me and a partner.
We asked the powerful question above about our assets. That conversation lead to us discovering the asset that we were missing. We needed a product management skill that we lacked.
Pitfalls are another word for limiting beliefs and behaviors. When you identify these at the outset, it allows you to change course quickly. You can notice and counter your pitfall with an action. Action shifts the energy and the behavior.
When the action isn’t working, review your assets. Possibly, like us, you have overlooked an asset you need. Thus is the power of the tool.
#5 Core Values
When you articulate your core values for each strategy, you can be strategic. You can remind yourself why you are doing what you are doing. When you aren’t getting the results you crave, you can repeat the steps above. But you can also check in to be sure that you are not swaying too far from your core values.
When we aren’t congruent with ourselves, we tend to spend more time in our pitfalls. By placing core values at the center of each strategy, we remind ourselves to be true.
I almost gave up on my mirco strategy. I thought there was no way this product would launch. I was ready to walk away. My pitfall: failure fatigue.
By using the tool, we not only articulated the missing asset, but when that asset took me to lunch, I was able to recognize the offer, and create a new partnership that is helping my strategy be successful.
Get ready to hear more about the Expert Content Distribution Program. It’s coming to a blog post near you. And thanks to the Tribal Leadership Intensive program for the introduction to the Micro Strategy Model. Now it is yours, too. Let me know your results in the comments below.