Maintain the Culture to Support Strategy Implementation
Strategy implementation takes the known strategy and makes it a reality in the organization. Projects are, for the most part, how implementation is achieved. That makes the role of project manager crucial for success of the strategy.
When a project is part of a strategy, it cannot be successful unless it is managed as a building block of a larger strategy. You must use certain tactics to maintain a particular work culture that is consistent with successful strategy achievement.
Engage the workforce by linking your project to strategy
Communication is one of the tools that the project manager uses to maintain culture. Use communication to help project workers understand that they are not just completing a project, but are implementing a part of the organizational strategy.
- Whenever you communicate the background or importance of the project, connect its success to the strategy that is being implemented.
- Discuss link to strategy in initial communication with stakeholders. This will make using the tactics below easier to accomplish.
- Foster information sharing among project teams, interdependent projects, functional groups and stakeholders. Call any lack of cooperation a risk. Silos kill the culture that supports strategy implementation.
Build accountability in your project
Accountability is a success factor for the culture that supports strategy
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