Annual Strategic Planning: Q&A with Strathaus


October marks the beginning of the last quarter of 2021. For many leaders and teams, that means it's time to start thinking about the strategy for the year ahead. To support leaders and employees who are at the early stages of their annual planning, Cosmic Centaurs teamed up with Strathaus to host a Q&A webinar all about annual strategic planning.


The focus of the discussion was centered around the annual process of strategic planning, not to be confused with developing long term strategies which have a different intellectual process and outcome. While it can seem like a daunting task, our guests presented frameworks, tips and concepts to simplify the process of annual planning making it high impact and maybe even fun!


You can watch the full webinar here:





About the speakers

Marilyn Zakhour

Marilyn is the CEO & Founder of Cosmic Centaurs, a company that builds happier workplaces. Cosmic Centaurs helps leaders and organizations adapt to the new ways of work in the emerging post-pandemic world. Marilyn has experience in organizations of all sizes and knows how to bring the agility of small startups to big corporations. Previously Chief Marketing Officer of EMAAR, and Head of Dubai Opera, Marilyn holds an executive MBA from INSEAD. She has also spent 10 years in the startup world, building and running digital native companies.

Roger Hajjar

Roger is the Founding Partner at Strathaus a firm that is dedicated to helping private and public organizations develop their strategies. Based in France and Lebanon with clients across sectors mainly in Europe and the GCC. Roger has more than 10 years experience in strategy consulting, working for Monitor Deloitte in Paris and Dubai, and as an independent adviser for the public and private sector.



Frameworks

Marilyn & Roger each shared quite a few frameworks to simplify and help attendees think about developing an impactful strategy. Here are two for you to learn more about.

A Hierarchy of Company Statements

Marilyn outlined a simple framework that helps to define the strategy in a brief statement, making it easier to communicate the strategy to the organization. 





The Strategic Choice Cascade

Roger walked us through the Strategic Choice Cascade developed by A.G. Lafley and Roger L.Martin This presents Strategy as a coordinated and integrated set of five choices: a winning aspiration, where to play, how to win, core capabilities, and management systems, and these five choices make up the strategic choice cascade. 




Recommended Reading

Marilyn & Roger recommended two books for you to read to learn more about annual strategic planning.

Marilyn recommended The Great Mental Models by Farnam Street. The book covers 9 mental models to improve the way you approach problems, consider opportunities, and make difficult decisions.  






Roger recommended The Beginner's Guide to OKR by Felipe Castro. OKR stands for Objectives and Key Results and this guide gives you the information you need to avoid the most common mistakes and successfully adopt the approach.






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