When is it time to take a look at the strategy that drives what you do? Do you wait until it crashes? Or do you take a look at it even when it seems to be firing on all cylinders? Scott Anthony, author of The Innovator’s Guide to Growth: Putting Disruptive Innovation to Work, suggests that “it’s always at least worth considering whether it’s time to invert your strategy.” In a recent Harvard Business Online article he gives a three question path for examining your current assumptions and a revised set that might drive future growth:
- What is the critical assumption behind our current strategy?
- What are distinct assumptions that, if true, would lead to a dramatically different approach to growth?
- What are ways in which you can test the revised assumptions?
I love these questions! Can you see how they might lead to a great discussion on your team? Can you also see how it might pay to bring in a fresh pair of outside eyes? In fact, Anthony goes on to write:
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