Culture-Informed Strategic Advising

Support Area: Organizational Culture

…helps you identify and begin building the culture needed to live out your strategic plans!

Whether a short- or mid- term project-based strategy, or a long-term multi-year plan initiative, effective strategy implementation is dependent on an organization’s culture.

Intentionally building a strategy without intentionally building a culture, is like getting all the equipment and uniforms for a football game and never investing in football practice for the team. The team will be fly and well-equipped, but they will likely lose the game. Investing in culture matters. And building the culture that aligns with your strategic plans is a game changer!

Through Culture-Informed Strategic Advising we actively and intentionally connect strategy to the culture you’ll need to make it so. 

Grounded in the PRISAIC Method below, this service identifies not only the culture needed to carry out the plan but also the cultural conditions that the plan assumes or may overlook. Having an aligned culture means that when things don’t go according to plan, we have built the culture conditions needed to recalibrate in a way that ensures meaningful progress.

"This partnership has added depth and richness to our plan, and has given us tools to build trust and strengthen relationships among our racially diverse team - making us more effective and a better example to our partners and colleagues in our field."

Long-term Strategic Planning Partner
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The PRISAIC Method

  • Purpose connection. Making the connection between the strategy and your organizational purpose/mission crystal.
  • Reframing for culture. Speaking about your strategic plan in a way that connects it directly to those implementing it.
  • Integrating Roles. Looking across all stakeholders to clearly see how each person meaningfully connects to the plan. This helps staff locate themselves in the plan often and early.
  • Sourcing Wisdom. Learning needs, lessons, and concerns from those impacted by and implementing the plan. The communicates belonging and value as peoples' experience and level expertise contribute to the collective path.
  • Auditing resource deployment. Reviewing the resources (tangible and intangible) needed across all levels and stages. This ensures that you can clearly see the balance of where resources are being concentrated and may be needed.
  • Identifying Cultural Success Indicators. Looking often and early for what’s needed across the organization to keep you on track. This forecasts not only the progression we need to see in deliverable but also in relationships.
  • Conflict anticipation. Identifying where barriers and conflicting needs/timelines may inhibit this plan, devising a path to navigate it in a way that is generative and accountable.