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Executing Your Strategy was published by Harvard Business School Press and written by two MG RUSH alumni.

The tightly woven book provides instruction on how to transform strategy into projects. Writers Morgan and Malek (both previously professors at Stanford University), spoke with us about the importance of professional facilitation to both “plan your work” (strategy) and “work your plan” (project).

The INVEST Imperatives of Executing Your Strategy

They make a compelling argument for six INVEST imperatives (or, domains).  You may find their imperatives valuable when managing your own program portfolios:

Executing Your Strategy

  1. Ideation—communicating purpose, identity, and intention
  2. Nature—aligning strategy with culture and structure
  3. Vision—clarifying goals and metrics
  4. Engagement—portfolio management
  5. Synthesis—program and project execution
  6. Transition—benefiting mainstream operations

Most importantly, from a facilitator’s perspective, they highly recommend building a Center for Strategic Excellence. It would anchor itself upon effective, neutral facilitators and structured facilitative methodology. Hopefully, you are doing your best within your organization to nurture supportive facilitative leadership around you, your staff, and your program office.


Don’t ruin your career or reputation with bad meetings. Register for a class or forward this to someone who should. Taught by world-class instructors, MG RUSH  professional facilitation curriculum focuses on practice. Each student thoroughly practices and rehearses tools, methods, and approaches throughout the week. While some call this immersion, we call it the road to building impactful facilitation skills.

Our courses also provide an excellent way to earn up to 40 SEUs from the Scrum Alliance, 40 PDUs from PMI, and 40 CDUs from IIBA, as well as 3.2 CEUs for other professions. (See individual class descriptions for details.)

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Facilitation Expert

Terrence Metz, CSM, PSPO, CSPF, is the Managing Director of MG RUSH Facilitation Training and Coaching, the acknowledged leader in structured facilitation training. His FAST Facilitation Best Practices blog features over 300 articles on facilitation skills and tools aimed at helping others lead faster, more productive meetings and workshops that yield higher quality decisions. His clients include Agilists, Scrum teams, program and project managers, senior officers, and the business analyst community among numerous private and public companies and global corporations. As an undergraduate of Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) and MBA graduate from NWU’s Kellogg School of Management, his professional experience has focused on process improvement and product development. He continually aspires to make it easier for others to succeed.

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