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Building Adaptive Leaders Who Can Get Critical Work Done

The Adaptive Strategic Execution ProgrammeToday’s business environment is increasingly volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA), means that organisations must consistently balance the need to achieve strategic goals and respond to changes in their markets in order to drive business success.

This demands specific capabilities and an intentional approach, starting with selecting and executing critical projects.

Leaders driving these projects have become an organisation’s most valuable asset, but the techniques and skills are evolving as they are forced to become more responsive, resilient, and adaptive.

The Adaptive Strategic Execution Programme

The Adaptive Strategic Execution Programme (ASEP) established in partnership with Duke Corporate Education and Twenty Eighty Strategy Execution has been designed to increase a project-based leader’s ability to execute critical projects, by making Adaptive Strategic Execution Programme ( ASEP) more adaptive to complex environments.

The ASEP curriculum consists of eight courses, each of which will extend the mind-set, tool set, and skill set of the project-based work leader to navigate unanticipated market shifts and unpredictable industry disruptions.

The ASEP curriculum focuses explicitly on building leaders who can master the three domains that influence and define how work gets done: Strategy, Work and People.

Each course in the new curriculum is designed to extend the mind-set, tool set and skill set of the project-based work leader in these three domains in the following ways:

  • By thinking and acting strategically to understand, respond to and influence the vision, goals and intend outcomes of the work
  • By constantly redefining and reconfiguring the work to execute the strategy as effectively and efficiently as possible
  • By engaging people doing the work through meaningful interaction that unlocks their potential


The Frameworks of Strategy, Work and People

While traditional leaders of project-based work were already operating within the framework of strategy, work and people – the complexity of today’s business environment means that the challenges associated with each domain have changed, as highlighted below:

StrategyStrategy formulated and executed today is far more dynamic than in the past. Strategic direction must be constantly reviewed and aligned to keep pace with changes in the marketplace. Also, navigating how we execute today’s projects with an understanding of the future we’re shaping can be challenging.

WorkWork conducted today draws on expertise and support across boundaries, internally and externally. The direction and flow of work activity requires frequent redirection and re-configuration to maintain alignment with changes in strategic direction. Leaders must strike the balance between an organisation’s need to remain competitive to meet the market’s demand for speed, while also driving high-quality results. Learning how to identify and manage this challenge is essential.

PeoplePeople leading project-based work today have to manage the changing expectations of team members who seek purpose, autonomy and growth as part of their work experience and the organisation’s need to tap into the greater expertise, energy and accountability of all team members to make things happen. Investing in skill development of these leaders is the best way for an organisation to ensure project success and higher levels of engagement.

Through education in the above curriculum, organisations will be able to maximise agility in strategic execution, which not only improves their results but also enables them to thrive in the face of competition.

Leaders are the leverage point to execute projects and drive results. By developing leaders with the right mind-set and skill set to navigate these domains, organisations can increase their ability to execute strategy and achieve goals.

Strategy Execution’s proven business techniques combined with Duke Corporate Education’s cutting-edge university research and learning methodologies infuse the programme with a one-of-a-kind project-focused perspective, designed to increase alignment and engagement across organisations.

This collaboration makes us uniquely qualified to help teams, business units and entire enterprises execute complex strategy in a relevant and practical way.

Webinar event

In conjunction with the announcement of our partnership, Strategy Execution is hosting a webinar, Adaptive Strategic Execution for a Complex World, led by Vice President of Product Management, Jonathan Gilbert and Duke Corporate Education’s Global Head of Strategic Leadership Solutions, Tony O’Driscoll, which will expand on the new partnership.

The event will be held on Wednesday May 24th at 12.00-13.00 BST (UK Time ). Click here to register.

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About Rebecca Leitch

Rebecca Leitch
Rebecca Leitch is a marketeer at TwentyEighty Strategy Execution - focused on bringing new project management content for the PM community.

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