Project Management

How to Support Your Organization's Strategic Goals

Emily Luijbregts, PMP, is a project manager in Breda, Netherlands.

A common complaint that I have heard amongst employees (and project managers specifically) is that they are given the organization’s strategic goals from management—but are rarely given advice and instruction for how they can best support those goals, or information on how the strategy will be implemented.

In a recent conversation I had about strategic alignment and how the project portfolio supports these objectives, one project manager said: “It’s all very good to know the strategic objectives, but where do I fit into all of this?” If you find yourself in the same position, here are a few practical tips for how you can support your organization’s strategic goals.

Why is organizational strategy important?

Knowing your organization’s strategy will give you the ability to understand where the company is planning to go in the coming years. It will help you understand the motivations behind decisions, and why certain initiatives or programs are being given priority. If you don’t really understand the strategy or what it entails, you will not be able to follow the next steps to effectively support and implement it.

Strategic initiatives are commonly delivered through town hall meetings conducted by senior management, and there may be the opportunity to ask questions. During the meeting, take notes so that you’re …

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