The Leadership Jumpstart Roadmap
Precision planning for faster strategy execution
The Leadership Jumpstart Roadmap provides the structure for converting strategic goals into 60 to 90-day action plans that deliver rapid results. Browse below for a review of actions and outcomes associated with each key step of the Leadership Jumpstart approach to rapid strategy execution.
JUMPSTART EVENT PLANNING
Two to four weeks ahead of the event
- Identify the strategic goal for rapid execution and executive sponsor
- Recruit the right leadership team to drive rapid execution
- Develop the Jumpstart Event agenda
- Conduct interviews to capture incoming support and identify obstacles to rapid strategy execution
JUMPSTART EVENT PLANNING: Set the stage for rapid strategy execution
Leadership Jumpstart tools and methods accelerate execution of strategic objectives, especially when leadership agility and effective employee engagement is critical to creating and sustaining results.
Leadership Jumpstart is the right choice when:
- Senior executives are ready to achieve rapid execution through a team engagement-based approach.
- An expanded leadership team of key decision-makers and process owners can be assembled for a Jumpstart Event.
- Resources are available to support rapid execution projects identified in the Jumpstart Event.
- Participants in the Jumpstart Event are committed to leading rapid execution projects after the event.
Use Leadership Jumpstart to speed execution on a wide range of strategies including:
- Lean Six Sigma Deployment
- Safety Improvement
- ERP System Implementation
- Operational Excellence
- Shared Services Conversion
- Balanced Scorecard Roll-Out
- Mergers, Acquisitions and Consolidations
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LEADERSHIP JUMPSTART EVENT
One to Two-Day Meeting
- Engage "expanded" leadership team in a fast-paced planning meeting for strategy execution
- Align on the strategic target for rapid execution, including objectives, metrics and boundaries
- Identify key performance drivers for strategic success
- Identify action opportunities; sort and prioritize for rapid execution
- Assign leadership responsibility for executing rapid execution projects; agree on milestones; and, determine accountability for reporting and reviewing progress.
LEADERSHIP JUMPSTART EVENT: Engage leaders for rapid strategy execution
The Leadership Jumpstart Toolkit provides everything needed to develop fast-paced, highly engaging events that empower leadership teams for consensus plans for rapid strategy execution. Jumpstart Events utilize Leap’s unique Idea-to-Action Process™ to identify issues, develop insights, and build consensus on the requirements for achieving strategic goals in rapid timeframes.
All Leadership Jumpstart Events follow a five-step roadmap for building team alignment, developing group insight and creating real commitment to action:
Step 1: Confirm Big “Y” Goal, Improvement Capacity and Cultural Requirements
Jumpstart Events kick off with a series of activities that drive leaders to align on strategic objectives, metrics and boundaries; identify resource capacity available to support rapid execution; and, define leadership behaviors required to achieve desired results.
Step 2: Define Key Performance Drivers
Leaders develop a consensus understanding on critical factors both within and without the organization that can accelerate or block strategic execution. The objective is to develop complete, realistic assessments of potential changes or improvements needed for strategic success.
Step 3: Identify and Sort Improvement Opportunities
Leaders work through a series of activities to brainstorm improvement opportunities linked to critical performance drivers. Improvement opportunities are sorted using the 4-Box Project Planning Map. This simple framework enables leaders to carefully assess project complexity and the level of engagement needed for improvement. Next, leaders determine the right tools and resources for each project before committing to action. The trap of under-or over-resourcing critical projects is avoided.
Step 4: Prioritize Improvement Opportunities
Improvement opportunities are narrowed-down based on assessment of the impact and confidence in execution given resource availability. The result is identification of the highest-impact projects with the greatest potential for completion.
Step 5: Create the Rapid Execution Plan
Jumpstart Events conclude with detailed action planning for launch and completion of priority projects. Champions, team leaders, and resource teams are identified along with launch and target completion dates.
Leadership Jumpstart Events compress the timeframe typically associated with converting well-intentioned strategies into executable plans. The outcome: Better planning precision that produces more action, faster learning and better results.
RAPID IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGNS
60 Days Following the Leadership Jumpstart Event
- Launch teams to execute priority strategy execution projects
- Use tools and methods tailored to the actions needed
- Perform weekly progress checks with teams
- Review work products and results at 30 and 60 day milestones
- Action plans completed and results documented by day 90
RAPID IMPROVEMENT CAMPAIGNS: Realize strategic objectives in “sprint” timeframes
While the full realization of strategic objectives may stretch over long timeframes, Leadership Jumpstart pulls results forward and sustains momentum for rapid execution by focusing on assignments for 60-day or faster completion. The Jumpstart Approach engages leadership teams in identifying all actions required for effective strategy execution, but imposes the discipline to execute these actions in “sprint” campaigns.
Following the Jumpstart Event, the Leadership Jumpstart Toolkit provides templates and tools for managing rapid execution projects. Weekly progress checks at the project team-level link to formal work-product reviews at 30-day intervals.
The end result is the installation of a routine cadence for strategy execution in challenging, but achievable 60 day or faster campaigns.
STEP 4 | Listen, Learn & Leverage Meeting
Half-Day Meeting 60 to 90 days from the Leadership Jumpstart Event
- Reconvene leaders for a half-day meeting to review Rapid Improvement Campaign projects, recognize teams, capture learning and plan the next campaign.
- Report on measurable strategy execution accomplishments, including customer, operational and financial performance improvements.
- Make leadership decisions needed to sustain performance.
- Revisit the strategy execution project portfolio and prioritize new projects for completion in the next Rapid Improvement Campaign.
Listen, Learn & Leverage Meeting – Assess results, recognize contributions and “re-load” for rapid strategy execution
The Listen, Learn & Leverage Meeting (L³) is the bookend for ensuring a high return on Leadership Jumpstart Events. These structured, fast-moving meetings provide leadership teams with the opportunity to collectively review results from strategy execution projects and recognize the contributions of both project team members and project owners.
L³ Meetings also provide the opportunity to revisit the strategy execution project portfolio developed in the Jumpstart Event and determine the next project priorities to maintain a rapid pace of action and results. The combination of Jumpstart Events and L³ Meetings cements the cadence of 60 to 90-day “sprints improvement” into the strategy execution process of the organization.