Curry & Hodgson’s Three Horizon Model
The Three Horizons model is often described in management literature as a structure for assessing potential opportunities for growth within an organisation. By using the Three Horizons as an analytical tool for understanding how growth could happen, the model offers a holistic view of the present moment, the vision of the future, and how you might facilitate movement from one to the other. It is a really useful tool to use after you have done a SWOT Analysis.
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1. Complete a SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) in relation to your business
2. Use the focus questions to help you plot where you are now in Horizon 1. Then plot where you would like the business to look like in Horizon 3.
3. Recognise what you wish to do more and wish to do less that will aid your transition from horizon 1 to horizon 3.
4. Create a clear plan and a programme that will help you move through horizon 2
5. Don’t forget to build in specific dates to monitor your progress.
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