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True North

“True North” is an idiom that emerged from Toyota twenty years ago. True North works as a compass proving a guide to take a business from the current position to where they want to be. It is a reflection of the purpose of the organisation, and the foundation of your strategic plan.  In this video we are looking at Stark and Stewarts 6 Steps to Define your True North and then how to write a vision statement.

Watch the video for background information about True North, feel free to request the templates I am happy to share.

1. Recognise the 6 Steps to True North that you need to plan for

2. Start by developing several potential True North statements

3. Recognise the difference between different types of headline vision statement

4. Expand your headline vision statement to include business values that underpin how the business should behave whilst on the journey to True North

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.

PPS – This exercise forms part of a series of workshops on Critical Success Factors

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