For years I’ve been helping Leaders set real goals in alignment with their values. A real goal is one of specificity.
Specific is simple … and Simple is a Strategy!
And that brings me to my definition of strategy. I see strategy as a low level concept. A set of strategies work together to achieve a goal by answering the question, “What does it look like to do something today to move closer to my goal?” This is effectiveness.
A successful strategy follows the Rhetorical Power of 3. My dear friend, Sheri Tigner, taught me about this power. The power of 3 follows a basic ‘systems thinking’ process – Open, Narrow, Close. Once you know a specific goal, you then begin to create present moment strategies.
An effective strategy is a statement with the word ‘by’ linking the statement to your unique process for bringing this strategy to your present moment reality. Your 3-point process begins with the Open, flows to Narrow, and completes itself with Close. This is about your Behavior.
This supports a great concept brought forth in the book Influencer. People will change their behavior only when they first – believe there is a benefit to doing so – and second – believe that they can do what is required.
Another reason I believe the Rhetorical Power of 3 works is that ‘3’ has a rhythm. We can remember 1 … 2 … 3 easily. It feels natural.