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1 Making Dreams Come True? Implementing a Strategic Plan in an Healthcare Environment (Moving from Manager to Teacher) Dr Peter Hunter Director Integrated and Sub-Acute Care, St Vincent’s Health

2 Strategy Implementation – my starting point There is a disconnection between strategy formation and strategy implementation The capacity to implement strategy is dependent on the quality of it’s formation Implementation and formation are brought together by considering strategy as a process of learning and ongoing conversation Strategic skills can be learnt

3 Strategic Implementation – key themes in the literature Little focus on implementation in literature Barriers to implementation Wrong strategies No buy in Poor communication Inadequate resources Poor leadership SI is about managing change and all its complexity

4 Structural dimensions Interpersonal dimensions Meta-abilities; cognitive skills, self knowledge, emotional resilience, personal drive Strategic consensus Learning focus and skills Strategic conversation Strategic Implementation – key themes in the literature

5 Research Methodology Strategic processes are social activities Participatory Action Research Insider manager researcher Pros and Cons Coghlan and Brannick model Personal, team, inter-team and organisational levels Content, process and assumptions Grounded theory data analysis

6 Organisational Context Integrated and Sub-Acute Care (ISC) Clinical directorate of SVH 700 staff over more than 10 sites across 4 legal entities 10 different funding streams 2 program directors 45 middle managers Acute, subacute, community and residential care

7 Research starting point A cross section of 10 managers in ISC interviewed…. 2 dimensions What are the issues for middle managers in ISC around strategy Can “discussion” facilitate a more strategic focus and intent The rest of the study dependent on the outcomes of the interviews

8 How the research actually unfolded Interviews established key themes and drove subsequent cycles Data collection Interventions as  Getting to know the manager  Awareness raising  Knowledge giving  Teaching and role modeling Presentations given as a response to feedback and discussion with the managers E.g. Managing up

9 Managing Up Gabarro-Kotter Perspective; understand the boss, understand yourself and work on the relationship The boss as a customer Political and social dynamics Learn how to persuade well Followership Understand your own mental models and the ladder of inference

10 Research findings Interviews analysed using grounded theory Results of this analysis feedback to ISC management forum

11 Feedback at ISC Management Forum Recurrent themes What is strategic thinking? What models help us conceptualise strategic thinking? What do we do with this?

12 Recurrent themes in interviews Strategy is political Issues are only strategic if the right people think they are There is different levels of awareness of the political dimensions to strategy in ISC ISC mangers have variable confidence and skills in Influencing skills for getting issues moving up, down and across the organisation Understanding and using their “power bases” optimally  position  resources  knowledge and expertise  personal influence  networks  energy and stamina.

13 We need to create an environment conducive for strategy being part of our daily management practice Strategic conversation Feeling involved and not disconnected Formal and informal dimensions MBWA Strategic skills and the ability to act Context setting Allowing risk taking in progressing ideas Fluid networks - making connections Time resources; moving from the urgent and important to the non-urgent and important. Recurrent themes in interviews

14 Strategy formation and implementation are a learning opportunities Leaders are managers of learning But what can be taught? Strategic thinking skills Managing up skills Improving our understanding of perceptions Reflective practice Communication skills- persuading and listening skills Recurrent themes in interviews

15 Strategic Thinking Skills Double loop learning Scanning and thinking through data – asking why and seeing patterns Problem solving at higher conceptual levels Systems thinking Creative thinking Strategic intent –leveraging energy and attention Thinking in time –connecting the past, the present and the future Intelligent opportunism (making connections) Hypothesis driven thinking What if….. (divergent) If….., then… (convergent)

16 Organizational Competencies What can we do? Threats and Opportunities What might we do? Values What do we want to do? Societal Responsibilities What ought we do? Strategy What can we learn to do? How do we shape values? Strategic questions

17 Where to from here? From ISC executive? A greater and more explicit attempt to get you all to think strategically Working towards a conducive environment Facilitating manager’s skills development From you?

18 The Action bit of Action Research…. Establishing a more dynamic culture of learning and teaching and embedding it Realized in retrospect Realized and planned  Formal – professional development program  Informal Role modeling MBWA and local facilitating ISC at a point of transition

19 Issues arising from the research Fuzzy to Less Fuzzy; Lets improve strategic implementation The path to better strategic focus is developing a teaching organisation The importance of leaders as the managers of learning the key finding

20 Leaders as teachers - the literature What do leaders need to do? Accept and embrace their role as teachers Have belief in their credibility and communication skills Have a teachable point of view Develop an understanding of adult learning principles Create a conducive environment  Multiple modalities  Encourage questioning, experimenting and reviewing success and mistakes  Share experiences

21 Leaders as teachers - the literature Learning organisations? “organisations that create an environment where behaviours and practices in continuous are actively encouraged” Teaching organisations? Adds a proactive dimension to learning organisations Learning starts with individuals Role modelling and facilitating critical Leadership’s most critical responsibility is to teach Learning as a multiplier of power

22 Strategic Change Leadership (Organizational Learning and Teaching) Strategy Implementation

23 Conclusions Teaching organisations as a concept should sit alongside learning organisations Leadership, learning, teaching and strategy are interlinked Strategic capacity is linked to management competence development What’s a conducive environment ?..more research is needed A conceptual model?

24 A model Management Competencies Adult Learning Principles Leadership Skills The leadership of organisational learning = learning & teaching

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