Building a Strategy for your Christian Workplace Group – Part 2
by the Christian HR Manager
This is the second in a series of 4 articles on the development of a Christian Workplace Group written by a Christian HR manager in a major company. These articles contain tips on how to develop a strategy for your group, and gain endorsement from company management in a way which helps to build a thriving group with good foundations.
There are many business tools which you can utilize to help you define your Strategy as a Christian Workplace group to enable you to focus on your vision and how you are going to achieve this. One such tool is the ‘GROW’ model which is a well-known coaching tool which has been developed by John
Whitmore in his book on coaching for performance. It can help you generate and evaluate different ideas as below:
Goal: What do you want to achieve? What would success look like?
Reality: What is the current situation? What do you have control over and what do you not?
Options: What are the potential options available? What would you do if you have all the time and resources in the world? What are the benefits/pitfalls of these options? What would you do if you had company buy-in?
Will: What will you do as a result of your evaluation?
The idea of asking open questions particularly in the options phase is to generate as many ideas as possible so you do not set limits and then evaluate what may be blockers to situations and how you can move forwards with a solution. This is an excellent model to help develop your workplace group strategy and to gain recognition through HR. There are many other models you could use such as ‘SWOT’ analysis looking at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats relating to the workplace group to understand where to focus your time and energy on and manage any issues you may be facing.
The first article in the series