Strategy & Public Policy
Strategy involves decisions related to how an organization can prosper and achieve its mission in a complex world. Organizational leaders – directors and the senior executive team – are expected to monitor changes in the environment, identify important issues, develop strategies for addressing them, and ensure that decisions are actually implemented.
Public policy is similar in many respects. This is familiar territory to members of our firm who have occupied leadership positions in major public organizations and provided advice on policy issues in a wide range of disciplines. We’ve assisted many organizations in dealing with both strategy and public policy; here's how we can help.
- Perspective. Organizations can find it tough to step back from day-to-day operations; the urgent tends to drive out the important. We can help organizations to separate the wheat from the chaff – that is, to identify issues of strategic importance to their future, to separate these from everyday concerns, and to develop processes for dealing with those issues. Also, as outsiders, we bring a fresh perspective from executives or board members who are more closely involved in the organization. And we have comparative experience with many other organizations and disciplines to draw upon. Thus, we can often help to identify new ideas and possibilities to catalyze discussions.
- Research. Typically, the development of policy and strategy requires fact-gathering and analysis, about the environment and sometimes also about the organization itself, its financial circumstances and its readiness to confront new challenges. We have the expertise to conduct research into these and related issues, and to provide clients with clear analysis of the opportunities and risks identified through such research.
- Clear thinking, clear writing. Problems with language and concepts often cloud thinking related to both policy and strategy. Questions such as, “what should comprise a strategic plan? - is it different from a long range plan?” "what policy framework should we adopt?" “where is the line between policy and implementation?” “what is the role of the board”?” or “what distinguishes a ‘strategy’ from a ‘priority’?” can give rise to discussions that bog down in confusion or wheel-spinning.
We can help to make strategy discussions move forward rather than sideways. And we have the writing skills to develop documentation for boards, political leaders or others that is clearly and simply expressed.
- Facilitation. Many organizations find it useful to have an outside person design and run discussions related to strategy or policy in workshops, retreats and similar settings. We do this well, and we can do it in either of Canada's official languages.
- Assessing progress. Dashboards, balanced scorecards and the like are all methodologies developed to help organizations track progress toward strategic goals. It’s not easy to devise a monitoring regime that reports on the issues that matter most and that communicates well to busy board members and executives. To see more about our work in this area, click here.
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