Strategy Is a Team Game

Whatever environment we’re in there’s always a strategy that’s planned and (hopefully) followed.

Generally, the idea of a strategy is to outsmart the opponent by foiling the competitor’s game plan. In business, it’s bettering their acquisition strategy to beat them to more customers.

A strategy has to work in unison and everyone needs to fully understand their own game plan because if an individual falls out of line and starts doing their own thing during a game, the strategy fails. Every player or employee has a particular role that makes up a successful game plan.

A traditional approach to team strategy is the key players, the players who get paid more, or the employees with more important job titles build the strategy. They feel it’s up to them to perform; they’ll handle the responsibilities, the pressure, and make the hard decisions. They will keep the lower rank players to play their supporting roles and not the leading.

Even though this could make logical sense, it’s probably likely the strategy will fail just as much, why is that?

  1. Strategy isn’t learned by osmosis. The key to a successful game plan or business plan is clear communication.
  2. Who’s to say that it’s just the c-level that are allowed to build the strategy? Is the traditional top down approach to business so important that an Executive can’t clearly define and execute on a game plan?

The key players may shine at what they do, but even the supporting players are good at playing their role – especially if they know how their part counts.

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