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The Strategic Link

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You have been a project manager of some sort now for 10+ years. You are now a Program Director, a Director of a PMO, a senior project manager, a project executive, a business architect or any similar position and you are asking yourself, what’s next?

How do we stand up and get recognized? How do we show added value to the position? What should we start looking at on the next horizon?

The answer to that lies in one word: strategy. In a nutshell, as senior managers or senior project resources, we need to understand strategic planning, strategic management and how this all fits into the part of the business we are involved in.

This is called the ‘Strategic Link.’

Today’s most successful organizations, divisions and/or departments have a solid strategic plan and a good process to follow that plan. Here is the catch: in so many incidents that strategic plan points directly at our projects. As senior project resources, we need to recognize that ‘strategic link,’ embrace it, jump on the bandwagon and help strengthen that link.

Someone from a large bank recently told me, “…the strategic plan is established at a much more senior level. I will never be involved.” Regardless of where the master plan is created, it is your job to find out what the plan is, who created it and how it is managed. Discover how your work fits into that plan. Add value to your position by connecting the dots … linking the work you do to the projects you work on. If you can’t make the link … maybe you should ask why not.

While you may not be involved in the overall corporate strategic plan, you can create your own department plan — you do not need permission. This is just good common business sense.
The Canadian Leadership Summit on Strategy and Execution ( will be held in Toronto on Dec 3rd at the Harbour Castle Hotel. This event is designed to bring the world of Strategic Planning and Execution closer to our projects and closer to our careers. It is a day of learning and networking with our peers, but more importantly, learning and networking with some of our leading corporate executives in charge of strategic planning.

Whether it is through this unique conference or any other way, it is time we find the link between the work we do and the strategic plan we are all working under.

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