Collaboration:: Leadership through Strategic Doing

So you are a “getting it done” person. In working with multiple organizations, sometimes projects go well and sometimes they get bogged down…really bogged down. In today’s world collaboration is more crucial than ever, especially across regions. Welcome to Strategic Doing….a playbook tested by fire.

In today’s world collaboration is more crucial than ever. Welcome to Strategic Doing….a playbook tested by fire. Strategic Doing provides context and guidelines for getting things done, and helps everyone get on the same page with a focus on results and not on the planning to achieve results.

Conventional approaches to strategic planning do not work well to meet the complex challenges we face today. The reason is simple. Strategic planning does not work in open networks. Traditional strategy practices emerged from large hierarchical, “command and control” corporations. A small group of people at the top of the organization did the thinking, while rest of the people did the doing.

In our civic spaces, there are no hierarchies. Yet, we still need to do strategic thinking. And now, more than ever, we need to act strategically. So, how do we focus our limited resources where they are likely to have the largest positive impacts?

Ed Morrison ~ Purdue Center for Regional Development

Ed Morrison is a member of the staff of the Center for Regional Development at Purdue University. For the past five or six years, he has been developing new, network-based models for economic and workforce development.

These approaches emphasize the strategic value of focused regional collaborations and open innovation in today's global economy. As a part of this work, he has developed new disciplines in regional strategy, called strategic doing. He currently teaches these new methods and tools in the advanced strategy lab at the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.

For over twenty years, he conducted strategy projects with economic and workforce developers in the U.S. His work won the first Arthur D. Little Award for excellence in economic development presented by the American Economic Development Council.

Prior to starting his economic development work, Ed worked for Telesis, a corporate strategy consulting firm. In this position, he served on consulting teams for clients such as Ford Motor Company, Volvo, and General Electric. He conducted manufacturing cost studies in the U.S., Japan, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Sweden, and France.

Ed started his professional career in Washington, D.C., where he has served as a legislative assistant to an Ohio Congressman, staff attorney in the Federal Trade Commission, and staff counsel in the US Senate. He holds a BA degree cum laude with honors from Yale University and MBA and JD degrees from the University of Virginia.