Change - Strategic Facilitation

by Tony Mann

Strategic readiness matrix

This model is used to assess and audit the organisation’s strategic readiness and its current level of sophistication in the use of management practice.

It can be used as an initial audit, as part of the strategic review, and as a normal management action, undertaken periodically in order to review the organisation’s ability and to manage its gradual development.

How to use

  1. Identify the most appropriate people/group to take part in the audit. This will probably be the SMT, but it could be any specific part of the organisation where a strategic review is going to be applied.
  2. Decide which format to use (all, all to one, group, one to all) and print off the matrix or have it on a PC/laptop ready to project onto the wall.
  3. Get everyone completing the matrix to reflect ‘Where the organisation needs to be if it is to be successful in the upcoming strategic review.’ Compile the results.
  4. Encourage discussion and debate about the results. Where the results are similar, ask people to give reasons to justify this consensus. Where the scores vary, ask people to give evidence to explain their scoring. Invite critical challenges to this in order to build a real perception of the NEED.
  5. Get everyone to complete the matrix to reflect ‘Where the organisation currently is’. Compile the results.
  6. Encourage discussion and debate about the results. Where the results are similar, ask people to give reasons to justify this consensus. Where the scores vary, ask people to give evidence to explain their scoring. Invite critical challenges to this in order to build a real perception of the situation NOW.
  7. Identify the GAP.
  8. Break the group into sub-groups and ask them to imagine that the organisation is as sophisticated as it needs to be and ‘What happened to achieve this/make this come about.’
  9. Invite the group to share their thoughts and create an action plan to improve the organisation’s capabilities.