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 Senior Associate in Arc Aspicio’s consulting practice. 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.

LeadersNest Names Lynn Ann Casey a FedFem Award Honoree

LeadersNest Names Lynn Ann Casey a FedFem Award Honoree

Washington, DC, October 19, 2018 — LeadersNest named Arc Aspicio CEO Lynn Ann Casey a FedFem Award Honoree. The FedFem awards salute high-impact women executives and leaders of the government contracting community. FedFem Award Honorees blend their entrepreneurial courage and Federal government support that effectively impacts the industry, national economy, and the local marketplace. 

Boosting the Mission: Developing Acquisition Requirements Guidance

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To keep up with the fast pace of change in the field of Government acquisitions, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) components are developing their own acquisition requirements (AR) policies. However, without specific timeframes to finalize these policies, DHS agencies often lack guidance on how to develop ARs. Among DHS agencies, the U.S. Coast Guard is leading the way with their own formal policy to describe this process. To compliment the U.S. Coast Guard’s policy, DHS created the Joint Requirements Integration and Management System (JRIMS) to offer direction for agencies—to review, validate, and suggest solutions for capability gaps and requirements.

Top Qualities of Design Thinking Leaders

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Design Thinking is on the rise in the business world. Design Thinking leaders focus on creating the best product for their clients and working with the experiences and insight of fellow coworkers. Some of the key characteristics of Design Thinking leaders present themselves in individuals who are open and subject themselves to vulnerability with clients and coworkers. These qualities help leaders to connect and build relationships with others. They also create an open flow of communication that allows for others to better share their knowledge to align with and understand the company's mission.

Think, Key, Speak: Purposeful Communications

Think, Key, Speak: Purposeful Communications

I spent the early years of my career in the United States Navy as a Naval Flight Officer on the E-2C Hawkeye, the Navy’s aircraft carrier-based Airborne Early Warning and Command and Control platform. The various missions of the aircraft demand that aircrew monitor up to ten radio frequencies, and actively speak on three or four of those, at any given moment in flight.

How Can Communities Ready Themselves for a Major Power Grid Event?

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Communities are often the foundation for an expedited recovery following major events. But how can communities strengthen their response to, for example, a major cyber-attack or natural event, such as an Electronic Magnetic Pulse solar flare? A United States electrical grid failure could destroy a number of the nation’s high voltage transformers causing widespread outages for several weeks, even months. A public health emergency could quickly ensue particularly among the vulnerable as the ripple effects cause significant societal disruption. The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) strategic plan encourages and empowers communities to prepare for the inevitable impacts of future disasters. How can communities prime for major events?

Confessions of a Chief Strategy Officer

Confessions of a Chief Strategy Officer

I’ll admit it, I was a little smug. After more than 20 years in the consulting business helping clients develop, implement, and integrate their strategies, I thought… “how hard could it be to do the same things for my own company – a company of consultants?” I had the commitment of my leadership, a group of talented people, and a plan and resources to grow the company. We had energy and we had a great process and tools to successful. What could go wrong?