The Strategy Rotation – Accelerate your High Potentials’ Career

Posted on May 17, 2016

Imagine you could improve the strategic perspective and problem solving skills of key managers in your organization.  They may have risen to their position through excellence in sales or operational roles. Now, broadening their skill set will position them for success.  Imagine you could motivate talented staff by allowing them to become involved in key initiatives which will shape the future of the company.  Imagine you could give your strategy department additional resources with in-depth knowledge of the organization without having to hire more staff.   Imagine you could accomplish all of this with one single program – The Strategy Rotation.

The Strategy Rotation is a supplemental development program which allows high performing members of your organization to work in the Strategy Team for a period of six months.  During that time they remain on payroll in their current department (they are “sponsored”) and they are expected to move into a broader role soon after they complete the Strategy Rotation.  Their absence from their current role gives their designated successor an opportunity to step up and grow into their next job.

The objective of Strategy Rotation is to equip your selected employees with (1) a broader sense of the organization and how the various parts work together, (2) new skills in the areas of problem solving, analysis, supporting management decisions, presenting successfully, and thinking strategically, (3) an opportunity to network far beyond their current connections in the organization.  Proven elements of a Strategy Rotation (and many others are conceivable) have been the following

  • Introduction to Strategy: work on a definition of strategy and discuss with the Head of Strategy, apply that definition to a chosen company (research, analysis, and presentation of their strategy), and ultimately understand the current strategy and Strategic Plan of your own organization (gaining an understanding of the various parts of the organization is often quoted by participants as one of the most impactful elements)
  • Basic Skills:  participate in workshops to learn about (1) Structured Problem Solving – Problem Definition, Issue Tree, Analysis Plan, Project Plan, (2) Aggregating Insights – Research, Key Facts, Synthesizing Insights, Decision Support, (3) Preparing High Impact Presentations – Audience Analysis, Logic and Structure, Graphical Presentation, Delivery
  • Experiencing Strategy Work:  being fully immersed in the processes of the Strategy Department, participating in team meetings, having the benefit of coaching and mentoring through experienced staff members, contributing to ongoing projects in a growing capacity as the skills are being built
  • Owning a Project:  One of the most critical parts of the rotation is the guided, yet largely self driven completion of a stand-alone strategic project. The primary impact is the integrated application of the acquired skills.  It is best to chose a topic that is relevant, but not too critical for the organization, or other stakeholders tend to influence or even drive the project, suffocating the learning experience.


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