We defined all three of these terms during the module, but perhaps the most important thing is to create a balance between all three. With achieving this balance in mind, we asked you to write answers to three questions in your booklet and below you will find our answers:
a) Although separate ideas, how are Vision, Strategy and Tactics connected?
There is a natural flow through these ideas. The vision identifies our aims and objectives, which naturally provides direction – in so much as we know where we are now and our vision clarifies where we want to be. This direction is an ideal way of forming our strategy ensuring that it is connected to our vision. Finally, having developed a strategy, we can then create tactics. Connecting tactics to strategy gives them more structure and relevance. It also allows you set up review mechanisms to regularly assess how well you are getting on.
b) What would the impact be if you were missing any one of these ideas?
Because of the natural connections between vision, strategy and tactics, if any one of these is missing, there will be problems. Without vision, strategy and tactics become somewhat random and meaningless. Vision with strategy but no tactics mean that not enough gets done – just lots of thinking and planning – so success is unlikely. So how about vision and tactics, but no strategy? In this case, plenty gets done, but is lacks focus and is hard to review – the term ‘busy fool’ springs to mind.
c) If recruiters are guilty of missing one of these three ideas, typically which one is it?
There are obviously exceptions, but the most common omission in recruitment is strategy. Recruiters are often vision and goal focused and they are busy people who like to get on and do things, so it is the strategy that suffers.