Buzzword bingo: Transformation, Strategy

When you hear a consultant tell you that they provide transformation strategies what do you think? Is it magic? What will the transformation bring? Do we really need to transform?

TRANSFORM: 1. To change markedly the appearance or form of: "A thick, fibrous fog had transformed the trees into ghosts and the streetlights into soft, haloed moons" (David Michael Kaplan).
2. To change the nature, function, or condition of; convert.
3. Mathematics To subject to a transformation.
4. Electricity To subject to the action of a transformer.
5. Genetics To subject (a cell) to transformation.
STRATEGY: 1. (Military) the art or science of the planning and conduct of a war; generalship
2. a particular long-term plan for success, esp in business or politics Compare tactics [2]
3. a plan or stratagem

The modern workforce, workplace and thus the workspace.. is transforming right in front of us every day via new tools, expectations, capabilities, and capacity.  The connectedness of people and business coupled with the awareness of the world is unprecedented in history.

From the board room to the stage... everything is different and yet the basic foundational principles remain the same..

Business is between people.
Transactions must be efficient.
Collaboration and Competition must co-exist.

A transformative strategy is more than rhetoric. It means that you are open to new ideas, aware of guiding principles which drive success and committed to changes that ensure the likelihood of future success.  Saying those words is easy..  The execution of actions in alignment with the principles stated is anything but easy.

Listen UP!  Consultants and coaches do use fancy words... but we can help...  from the board room to the concert stage.

Passion and Discipline... must be followed by practical Application where results are then measured. That is a transformation strategy. Now you need a plan. ;-)

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