How Leaders Use Strategy to Inspire the Workforce
Arc Aspicio provides strategy consulting services that solve client problems quickly and facilitate decision-making in highly visible, complex situations at the core of an agency’s mission. We create solutions with our clients and stakeholders using our mission knowledge and Strategy Method, which considers the stakeholder perspective to produce a strategy that works in real-world contexts. Our strategies define paths that cut through ambiguity and present clear and implementable solutions.
To help our clients at all levels of Government, Arc Aspicio has launched our Strategy Innovation Lab (SILab). Our consultants can access talent, thought leadership, and accelerators from our SILab to create solutions to high visibility and high impact challenges to increase speed to mission. Through workshops, case studies, and innovation exercises, we help our clients identify and plan for effective alternatives and solutions to overcome their challenges.
Once our clients adopt their strategy, they can use three critical ways to reinforce the strategy: optimizing their organizational structure, processes, or culture.
As the CEO of a growing company, I find that process and culture are the two that most work for our company. The cornerstone of any of these ways is communication – communication that inspires a workforce through empathy and inspiration.
Agency leaders are so busy. Resources are decreasing. The mission is growing. While it seems hard to find the time for strategy, leaders are the ones that MUST find the time. A strategy is not just a plan; it is the best way— the only way to clearly communicate to a workforce that is craving inspiration.
Mission priorities such as law enforcement information sharing, immigration modernization, cybersecurity and the insider threat, survivor-centric emergency management, and combatting human trafficking require a more strategic approach to find scarce resources to address growing threats.
As they face budget cuts, agencies across the Federal government are realizing the power of strategy to set their priorities and communicate these throughout their organizations. Strategy – powerfully communicated – can help agencies whose workforce may be losing confidence because there are fewer resources to do more work.
Employees are looking for permission and inspiration to move away from the view that “this is how we’ve always done it.”
As shown in the recent Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS), the Federal workforce is looking to its leaders for inspiration and clear priorities so they can make an impact in their day-to-day work. A clear strategic plan, clear and compelling focus by leaders to execute the plan, and consistent and ongoing communication are the key to making a lasting change.