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McKinsey’s 7-S Framework

There are many tools you can use to go about analysing how well your business is positioned to achieve its intended objective.  One that has stood the test of time is the McKinsey 7-S Framework. 

The 7-S Framework was developed by Waterman, Peters and Philips whilst working at the McKinsey Group.  The basic premise is that there are seven internal aspects of an organisation that need to be aligned if it is be successful. 

Feel free to request the templates I am happy to share.

1. Understand the descriptions of each of the seven elements, the three hard ones and the four soft.

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2. Gather appropriate data to inform you about the nature of each of the seven elements in relation to each other.

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3. Map the synergy between each of the elements with each other on a scale of 1-5.  (With 5 being fab!)

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Do download the above template from  It’s the best exercise I have seen to work with the 7-S Framework.

Please do share your experiences with these models in the comments below.  I am building a portfolio of small business case studies and would love to include examples of what has worked well for you.

PS – If you need further help then give me a call on 07962 626604 to arrange a Skype session with me.

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