Strategy Consulting: Practice How You Play

Strategy Consulting: Practice How You Play

Strategy Consulting: Practice How You Play

Aspirations determine the course of a strategic plan. If senior leaders can’t conceptualize or agree on the future shape of their organization, then articulating the steps to get their results in a plan that sits on a bookshelf and collects dust. Arc Aspicio encourages its employees to communicate their aspirations publicly, whether they are personal or professional in nature. This simple exercise yields electrifying results, because a workforce focused on aspirations is more receptive to strategic initiatives and increases the upward mobility of ideas and new ways of thinking.

We are excited about our company’s strategy, the work we have done in the past, and the possibilities we can explore in the future. Every day we practice the best practices of strategy consulting internally, so that we bring highly trained and experienced people – who understand the human side of strategy – to work side by side with our clients.

About Arc Aspicio
Arc Aspicio is a management, strategy, and technology consulting firm that takes a mission-oriented approach to complex client challenges. Focused on innovation, Arc Aspicio provides services in strategy, design, human capital, operations, analytics and visualization, technology, and information sharing. The company is known for a strong, collaborative culture that values gratitude, provides leadership opportunities, and explores the future. Our teams use a human-centered approach to working with clients and are flexible and responsive within dynamic Government client environments that often have new priorities and evolving missions. We thrive on these situations and promote continuous improvement and new ideas. And, #welovedogs! Follow us on Twitter @arcaspicio or learn more at www.arcaspicio.com.

Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi famously said, “practice does not make perfect, practice makes permanent. Only perfect practice makes perfect.” This quote highlights the importance of organizations embracing implementation of their own strategic plans.

In 2018, Arc Aspicio entered the final year of a three-year strategic plan focused on developing innovative, creative, and cool new ways to interface with and solve our clients’ biggest challenges. We did this by using the same strategic planning processes that we use with our clients every day. Ingrained into the DNA of our company is the desire to work side by side with our clients to solve their most difficult problems using innovative approaches, transformational decision-making, and a focus on the human aspects of change. The key to this commitment is implementing innovative strategy from the fun of the initial strategic plan until the last deliverable of the last strategic initiative. In short, practice how you play, and practice it as perfectly as you can.

One of the most important aspects of implementing a strategy is how to develop it, communicate it, and reinforce it within the organization. We use a strategic theme to conceptualize and communicate the importance of senior leaders’ exciting vision. The Arc Aspicio 2018 theme is exploration. Exploration emphasizes our desire for our workforce to expand our horizons, take risks, and develop aspirations – individually and for the company.

Contributors

Randy Coggin |

Randy Coggin is a Manager with Arc Aspicio. Randy started his career in the Army as an Intelligence Analyst. After graduating from Virginia Tech, he became a chemical warfare officer and focused on HAZMAT and counter-WMD efforts in homeland response and Afghanistan, then a Civil Affairs officer focused on counter-radicalization efforts in Africa. He has taken part in developing and implementing strategy across military geographic commands and with agencies within homeland security.

Reinventing Strategy

Reinventing Strategy

Since the GPRA Modernization Act in 2010, agencies across the Federal Government have raced to establish new Strategic Plans in response to incoming Presidential Administrations and agency leaders. Developing a new Strategic Plan is incredibly exciting for an agency. Leaders can redefine priorities, frontline managers can improve mission performance, and employees can better engage with the mission. Strategy, however, is so much more than just a Strategic Plan.

Running IT Like a Business: How Technology Business Management is Shaping the Future of Federal Agencies

Running IT Like a Business: How Technology Business Management is Shaping the Future of Federal Agencies

As the Government continually looks for ways to increase efficiency and encourage innovation, Information Technology (IT) is emerging as a solution to these needs. Recent Federal guidance mandates all agencies to adopt a new framework for better understanding IT costs. Technology Business Management (TBM) is a framework that incorporates IT departments into the overall business network, shifting away from treating IT as an independent unit. This provides a clear way to evaluate and manage IT, running IT as a business and communicating the value of new IT investments.

Behavioral Science – Using Behavioral Science to Effect Action

Behavioral Science – Using Behavioral Science to Effect Action

How do organizations encourage behavior change in their customers? Increasingly, they focus on customer experience, and as a consequence employ behavioral science methodologies. At the heart of behavioral science is the consideration of how an organization can make small investments that generate incremental savings/returns while considering both customers and organizational benefits. One example is Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) Pre✓® and U.C. Customs and Border Protection’s Global Entry programs.

Launching into #Action Through Strategy

Launching into #Action Through Strategy

As a new employee, your first company-wide meeting can make you nervous. This was how I felt.

Arc Aspicio’s recent Strategy Launch Day was so well planned and it involved participants so that I learned that I had nothing to worry about! The company treats each employee equally and equips even the newest joiners with the information and skills they need to have a meaningful experience

What Being a Consultant Means to Me

What Being a Consultant Means to Me

As a Consulting Associate at Arc Aspicio, I provide expertise and insight to help clients solve difficult problems. To be successful, a consultant does not need only to be a subject matter expert on their client’s industry and needs - though this often ends up happening over time.

Captivate Your Audience Through Design+Data

Captivate Your Audience Through Design+Data

So often, senior leaders must communicate their strategic and simple vision in a world of growing complexity. They must make decisions – and frequently explain them – based on an enterprise view of their data. It’s getting easier to do this these days through data visualizations and infographics that speak to specific employee and stakeholder audiences. Design+Data is what we call it at Arc Aspicio.

Chief Data Officers: Six Steps to Manage Data as an Enterprise Asset

Chief Data Officers: Six Steps to Manage Data as an Enterprise Asset

With an exponential increase in the types and quantities of data, organizations need defined strategies and techniques to manage data as an enterprise asset. To create enterprise-wide use of data, a Chief Data Officer (CDO) needs a clear data agenda for leadership and the whole organization to address current and future needs. CDOs should follow this six-part data plan to achieve short term capability gains and plot a path to greater enterprise data maturity.

Securing Cyberspace: Agile Strategy to Counter Changing Threats

Securing Cyberspace: Agile Strategy to Counter Changing Threats

Cybersecurity, managing and protecting computer systems from attacks, is evolving just as quickly as the techniques hackers use to cause damage. Historically, the public and private sectors believed that stronger technology and more advanced computer systems alone were enough to prevent attacks. As new trends emerge and the technologies used to both conduct and prevent hackings improve, cybersecurity strategies must remain agile, trying new tactics to counter changing threats.

Hacking Back – Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks?

Hacking Back – Do the Benefits Outweigh the Risks?

With the increased frequency and sophistication of cyber-attacks worldwide, companies and executives are becoming frustrated with a traditional focus on defensive tactics. As a result, some private sector actors are taking a more active role in cybersecurity by “hacking back” – hacking against the very groups that are attacking their systems in retaliation or to retrieve stolen data. As hacking back rises in popularity, it is important to consider a number of political and legal issues and the risks to counter-terrorism efforts.