Deployment takes our strategy and pushes it down into the organisation so everyone knows what part they have to play in delivering strategy…..correct?
I have seen so many strategies that exist with the senior team and go nowhere near the business, where they do leak out of the boardroom they are too complex and generally run out of steam at mid management.
Deployment is also seen as a mathematical process where we set up the dreaded kpi’s and measure the business to death.
Deployment is alignment yes, but its also engagement, teams need to consider if we are driving a new strategy, do we have the capability to solve the problems it will throw up and are we prepared to manage differently as the strategy may necessitate us to do so.
Deployment for me needs to be become a key business function, the senior team needs to commit to it and recognise in order to change a business we all have to work at it.
Functional deployment is a great place to start, yes it will drive silos but we need to start somewhere. I would recommend that we add behaviour coaching into our thinking and look at audit in the first instance to develop a standard methodology.
Once we embedded a behaviour lets turn it on its head and start having departments working together-look at SIPOC for improved KPI alignment, action learning groups, suggestion schemes, and escalation processes.
As we mature we need to go on and on! Involve our people more and perhaps involve them in the creation of strategy itself. Move from ‘plan and do’ to ‘check and act’ within our activities.
Deployment should be a key business function and be owned at the highest level.