WHAT IS A STRATEGIC REFLECTION PROCESS?
Strategic reflection brings together the perspectives of various stakeholders within your organization to establish a shared vision and prioritize opportunities.
Compared to a strategic plan, strategic reflection requires less involvement from the leadership. It is a streamlined process focusing on prioritizing the essential.
WHAT IS THE TIMELINE FOR STRATEGIC REFLECTION?
The process for strategic reflection typically spans a period of 1 to 3 months.
WHAT ARE THE ELEMENTS OR DELIVERABLES OF STRATEGIC REFLECTION?
A strategic reflection process typically involves several workshops and results in a report summarizing the key elements and decisions made during the process, including the strategic priorities identified.
WHO CAN UNDERTAKE STRATEGIC REFLECTION?
Anyone can engage in a strategic reflection exercise. This approach is applicable to businesses, non-profits, or economic development organizations. The major difference between strategic reflection and a strategic plan lies in the duration and level of involvment required.
Strategic reflection is ideal for organizations that:
- Have time constraints
- Wish to focus what is essential
- Have limited resources preventing them from conducting a comprehensive strategic plan
- Want to make sound decisions swiftly
WHAT ELEMENTS CAN BE INCLUDED IN A STRATEGIC REFLECTION PROCESS?
Various types of analyses and consultations can be conducted as part of a strategic reflection. These elements depend on the type of organization, specific needs and challenges related to each context. They also rely on the organization’s budget.
In the context of strategic reflection, we recommend one or more of the following elements:
- One-to-one interviews with various stakeholders (partners, clients, etc.)
- An organizational diagnosis
- Analyses and research on the organization’s environment
- Reflection workshops or a “shoulder-to-shoulder” day
- Discussion groups or surveys with employees, clients, users, partners and others
HOW IS STRATEGIC REFLECTION CARRIED OUT?
To learn more about the process of strategic reflection and our approach, visit the Strategic Planning page.
HOW CAN ESPACE STRATÉGIES ASSIST YOU?
Espace Stratégies is an independent firm capable of providing an external perspective and fresh insights into your organization’s challenges. Our position as an external partner enables us to bring forth original ideas and question certain status quos that may pose challenges.
We collaborate with public and municipal organizations, as well as businesses, non-profits, investors and institutional environments. Our understanding of the various stakeholders in these sectors and their needs allows us to establish relevant connections and synergies.
Ville de Montréal — Service des Infrastructures et du réseau routier (SIRR)
Following two years of internal strategic reflections, SIRR enlisted the services of Espace Stratégies to better align SIRR’s priorities with the City’s strategic plan (Montreal 2030). To achieve this, ES utilized the already identified transversal strategic elements to collaborate with all SIRR managers collaboratively. This led to updating priority issues and formulating strategic directions and objectives.
Ministère des Transports du Québec, Direction d’exploitation du Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean-Chibougamau
Amid organizational transformations initiated by the ministry across the province, the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean-Chibougamau Operating Directorate decided to undertake an organizational reflection to rethink its short and medium-term development. ES supported the directorate in identifying issues, solution options and an action plan.
Le Conseil Québécois des Entreprises Adaptées
Le Conseil Québécois des Entreprises Adaptées (CQEA) called up Espace Stratégies to conduct a strategic reflection to help identify trends and dynamics likely to affect its network and member companies in the coming years. ES also assisted CQEA in determining actions to implement its strategic plan and mobilize its key stakeholders in its realization.