All kinds of people have benefited from using Strategic Doing in their professional and personal settings: economic developers, educators, corporate leaders, engineers, nonprofit professionals, government officials (local, state and federal), students, scientists, consultants, health care professionals, clergy, workforce system leaders, IT experts (and that’s just a partial list). Anyone who is working in a setting in which there is a degree of collaboration needed, and/or the environment in which they’re operating is dynamic, will find the skills useful.
How do we know? We hear a lot of comments like the one in the box to the left. Here’s a few others from those who have told us how valuable they’ve found Strategic Doing:
“I’ve avoided groups and meetings like the plague. Have found (I thought) that I can usually be of much more benefit following my path single handedly. I’ve never dreamed of a meeting that was so right on. Cutting right through the mountain of the inherent problems with meetings; with collaboration, laser focus, and ‘doing’ – wow! Really amazing how simple the right game plan can be – once you find the recipe (that I believe you have). The entire community seems stirred up – talking about this group – wanting to know how they can get involved. [It’s] almost beginning to feel like a cult following that is dying to know more – and get going and do. Thank you for your amazing work. I can’t wait to learn more and and begin the ‘doing’ in our perfect direction.” – Artist and former technology professional
“The process is well thought-out. The process has a very deliberate, almost agile clock speed to it, in a 30-day cycle, so what it does is it forces the conversation around action, and it moves. It moves very, very fast, but I think unless it moved very fast, institutions could languish, like most institutions – where you try to get everybody involved, and nothing actually happens. The process provides a team construct where the team drives everything across campus, and I think that’s been very powerful in our institution. We’ve gone through an interesting evolution, because these conversations have brought more and more faculty involved, they’ve brought more and more administrators, and now, as we had hoped, we now have a campus-wide conversation around innovation and entrepreneurship, and it’s not a conversation about what needs to be done, it’s a conversation quite literally of ‘How can I get involved?’ and that’s very, very exciting.” – University faculty
“I’ve worked with other large companies trying to do open innovation, but this process is unique. This is the most clear and concise open innovation process I’ve seen.” – Business executive
“Strategic Doing is a masterful process that makes everybody happy. The reason it’s so good is that it’s not a long process that takes months and months. It’s a much more agile process. The strength of the process is to bring people together and figure out their common assets. They determine a strategic outcome based on those assets. Then the group puts together a roadmap for getting there very quickly.” – Innovation center director
“My home county is population approximately 3,000 and declining. The County Courthouse has aged and in particular, the County Jail needed improvements. [A] consultant study was commissioned. The consultant study came back and indicated a new jail was financially feasible and the right course of action. None of the commissioners understood how to analyze a consultant study and apply due diligence and none of them realized that a consultant never says ‘no – don’t do that.’ [T]he county went into debt over $1M – and in less than a year the county had to ask the state for a “warrant” to pay its bills. [T]there was no framework for an informed community discussion that started with a simple question. In short – that is what Strategic Doing can do for rural communities: provide a consistent and inclusive framework for public problem solving that brings expertise and perspective to the discussion – and process and resources to a potential solution; all the while tracking progress through assignment of tasks and follow-up.” – Rural specialist at a government agency
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