Direction-setting is a leadership and team skill that requires more than just strategic planning. It’s about reading the landscape, observing trends beyond your department, and innovating. Yet, just as long-term strategy and even project implementation shows, strategy must re-calibrate and pivot with us.

Good strategy combines data, teamwork, and the ability for leaders to influence and support change as we live in the “future of work.”

To paraphrase John Lennon, “[Work] is what happens when we’re busy making other plans. Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”

Our service is part of Organizational Effectiveness' (OE) OD Consultation process.

Strategic Change support might look like:

  • Consulting with you and your leadership on the context of your planning needs:
    • What’s the vivid picture of the future you’re seeking to build, and what needs to change to achieve it?
    • Is this an opportunity to build culture and develop your leaders?
    • How do you align departmental plans to those of your college/division, UI Health Care and the University?
    • Who are important stakeholders, and what level of their involvement is needed to champion the plan? Co-create it? Vet it? Implement it?
    • What data are available? How can data gathering broaden perspective and participation in the process?
  • Supporting a process that your group owns and manages while providing:
    • Consultation
    • Methods and Tools
    • Facilitation 
    • Resources from data to project management, either on, or off-campus

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