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ClarityTools

Clarity Tools is a collaboration system that helps individuals, teams and organizations get clear about what’s important in their business. It provikes  a powerful framework of essential questions and core activities to make ideas clear, visible, understandable and actionable – essential elements in today’s knowledge based works.

Clarity Tools contains several elements – a deck of cards (digital and physical) that provide the essential questions and activities, a documentation (workbook and posters) that deliver the overall framework, and on-line videos that demonstrate the activities and answer key questions.

Core Questions

At the heart of every successful venture is clarity about the purpose, strategy and plan for action. Pose clear, concise questions engage the team to act.

Essential Activities

Clarity is about prototyping, improvising, telling narratives, facilitating creative energy, and seeing the essence of your situation through collaborating visually.

Visual Collaboration

Collaborating with visual, tangible representations of ideas, helps align teams and builds a culture of visualizing concepts and data so your organization can see what’s important and take action.

Reflect & Act

Through Clarity, organizations engage in 360 degree thinking, critically examining all aspects of a challenge or opportunity, and then translating that thoughtful reflection into measurable, consequential action.
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How to Use Clarity

1. Identify Areas of Uncertainty

Identify aspects of work that are not fully clear to all team members. Choose the core questions you want answered and gather the right stakeholders to answer them.

2. Identify Lenses & Work The Exercises

Choose the lenses and exercises that will help you explore your questions and uncover goals to achieve.

3. Align On Statement & Take Action

Gain alignment around your answers and take consequential, measurable actions to reach your goals.
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Download

Download a free copy of ClarityTools
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LENS 1: ORIENTATION

Strategy begins with orientation — a direct and honest account of the current reality the organization finds itself in. The team builds a series of ‘big pictures’ of the key business pressures and trends, opportunities at hand, obvious and subtle problems to solve. Essential questions include:

  • Where are we now?
  • What’s influencing us?
  • What is the real situation?

Visual Strategy answers these questions in easy to understand diagrams that establish a fundamental context for all stakeholders.
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LENS 2: VISION

An organization’s purpose is a description of its primary impulses and ambitions. They shape how teams at all levels strive to work together and make the impulses real by clarifying:

  • What is our organization’s direction?
  • Why are we going there?
  • What is our fundamental intent and desired outcome?

Visual Strategy helps leadership teams clarify who its customers are, what their customers’ unmet needs, the nature of its value propositions and competitive differentiations.
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LENS 3: STRATEGY

Building on a clearly articulated vision or intent, the leadership team describes specific approaches to maintain competitive separation in a continually changing environment.

  • What are the approaches to realizing our purpose?
  • What are our specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely goals?
  • How will our team realize these goals effectively? 
  • What are our business model and financial models?

Visual Strategy builds visualized how the organization can grow in a competitive environment through a variety of business frameworks, including Porter’s Five Forces, Crossing the Chasm, among others.
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LENS 4: PROCESS

The way organizational teams work together, exchange information, make decisions, and define the stages of activity is the next step in Visual Strategy. This lens focuses on:

  •  How is our work organized?
  • Who does what?
  • How will we manage change?

Visual Strategy maps process, the way strategy is executed, and structure, who is responsible for each are of the plan.
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LENS 5: CULTURE

Strategic success depends on how effectively teams work together, cooperative with their shared values, beliefs and priorities as well as how they treat each other to get the work done. Visualizing and clarifying teams means,

  • Who are our stakeholders and what do they value?
  • What do we believe and what are our rules?
  • How will we communicate and share information? 

Clarifying culture is often overlooked by leadership teams which can lead to disaster. Visual Strategy illustrates the team’s dynamics .
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LENS 6: MEASUREMENT

The activities that are measured as indicators of whether the team is delivering on its purpose completes the circle of strategic planning. This lens helps team answer the questions:

  •  How well is our work progressing?
  • What risks & results does our organization face?
  • How does our team reward itself? 

Visual Strategy is completed by ensuring the metrics will drive the desired behaviour and results.
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