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The “M” Game – Hard Systems: Strategy System

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Oct 30, 2023

The primary reason I added Metronomic’s and Shannon Susko’s 3HAG Way to my coaching tools was to help my customers improve their strategy.

Most leaders don’t have a good understanding of what strategy is. Many find it a challenge to confidently articulate their strategy.

Research shows 50% of executives don’t think they have a winning strategy.50 of execs no Winning Strategy- Playing to Win

In Metronomics, the  Strategy System’s purpose is to take a complex strategy and create a clear, simple, and understandable strategy the whole team can explain and use to make decisions.

The Strategy System progression ensures the leadership team collaborates to create the most differentiated, confident strategy for your business.

This level of cohesiveness of the team is important to create the most impactful strategy.

Metronomics Repeatable Playbook - Hard Edge - Soft EdgeThe more trust within the team, the more the team has a healthy conflictive discussion to decide on the strategy for your business.

The key difference in how a strategy is created through the Metronomics Repeatable Playbook is the prescriptive step-by-step method allowing the whole team to build up your strategy together, validating it every step of the way, to create and maintain confidence.

The foundation of the Strategy system and the glue that holds the Metronomics Repeatable Playbook together is the 3HAG. This is the stepping stone, the evolution vehicle, that connects the strategic execution plan to your cohesive and culturally strong team.

What is Strategy - Michael PorterWhen you gut out where you will be in three years’ time, you will never stop validating it to make sure it’s right and accurate. This drives your team to stay immensely focused on the strategy to achieve the goals. When you align the soft-edge systems with this, the balance provides a consistent way to win every year.

Shannon’s second book, 3HAG Way, provides a step-by-step, prescriptive method of how to create your 3HAG in greater detail.

Carl Saunders Former CEO of Vorumvorum_rc_logo

I was a “stuck” CEO when I found myself literally begging for Shannon’s help to implement Metronomics in my company. For years at Vorum, we had maintained the status quo but failed to achieve the substantial growth I was looking for.

After our two-day kick-off and starting regular coaching sessions with Shannon, there were some massive shifts I noticed right out of the gate.

The first was goal setting. I am a person who delivers on my commitments. Being specific about what we would achieve in years two and three of this system made me incredibly uncomfortable. What if we didn’t hit it? What if we didn’t do what we said we were going to do?

The Key to Scaling Curve - People Strategy Execution & CashThe incredible thing is we did do what we said we would. We achieved the first goal we set and not because we were able to map out discretely exactly what we were going to do to get there but because we had people on the team who were committed to getting there. Come hell or high water we’d figure it out. That was when I realized that when you have A-Players on your team, they’ll do everything they possibly can to get you where you say you are going. And if you don’t have the right people in the right people in the right seats, those issues outrank strategy every time.

Strategy Compete to be the best vs compete to be uniqueAs we progressed in our journey, the concept of setting goals via 3HAGs and achieving them became even more paramount throughout our organization. In fact, hitting a 3HAG of $10 million in revenue resulted in one of the ultimate rewards—taking the entire company to Hawaii!

The fiscal benefits of hitting this goal were obvious, but I could never have anticipated the cultural implications. It lit a fire under our company and unlocked our thinking in unprecedented ways. Everything clicked after that, and our growth took off. We added more A-players to our team and became even more specific with our goals and forecasting.

Metronomics - Strategy Confidently DifferentiatedWe dug further into our strategy by identifying who our core customers were and more clearly articulated how we were meeting their needs. We even made headway on creating a brand promise, which is something none of our competitors would ever dream of doing.

Each quarter, we would just keep pounding on our strategy, which got more compelling as our cohesiveness enhanced and our team came together with aligned thinking about the market and how to differentiate ourselves.

While Metronomics helped launch Vorum on a high-growth trajectory, it also was instrumental in achieving another strategic priority with great success: my CEO exit and the sale of our company. With this system in place, my transition out was accomplished in six months, rather than two years. Because I was no longer involved in the execution of the company. Our use of the Open Playing Field Software (Metronomics Software) was also essential for showing predictable historical performance, which helped immensely for the company’s valuation.

Metronomics Strategy - These are your Differentiators These days, I am privileged to help others on their growth journeys as a Metronomics coach, and I can tell you based on my experience and those of my clients, it is one of the best strategic moves you can make.

What other way is there? Without a system like Metronomics, you’ll continue to bump along as you have been. If your company isn’t growing, your best people aren’t growing or getting new opportunities, and they won’t stay. At some point, you need a strategy for growth. And there’s no better method for growth than the Metronomics system.

Metronomics Compound Growth System (House) Hard Systems CircledYour hard-edge systems—the Strategic System, the Execution System, and Cash System—inside the house, are easy to focus on because they deal with hard results and depend upon goal attainment.

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Growth demands Strategic Discipline.

Strategy without Execution is Aimless Morris ChangExecution is the next Hard-Edge System. It’s based on the principles from Verne Harnish’s Scaling Up and Mastering the Rockefeller Habits. Meetings, Metrics, and Priorities drive effective execution. Next blog we explore the Execution System.

Building an enduring great organization requires disciplined people, disciplined thought, disciplined action, superior results, producing a distinctive impact on the world.

Discipline sustains momentum, over a long period of time, laying the foundations for lasting endurance.

4Dx Cadence of AccountabilityA winning habit starts with 3 Strategic DisciplinesPriorityMetrics, and Meeting Rhythms.   Forecasting, accountability, individual, and team performance improve dramatically.

Meeting Rhythms achieve a disciplined focus on performance metrics to drive growth.

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Topics: Strategic Discipline, Strategy Decision, Strategy - How, Shannon Byrne Susko, Strategy Creation, The "M" Game, Hard and Soft Systems, Metronomics Repeatable Playbook, Metronomics Hard Systems

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