Developing Situational Awareness

Introduction to Wardley Mapping
Wardley Mapping is courtesy of Simon Wardley and licensed Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike
"Imagine that you are a general taking your troops into foreign territory. Obviously, you would need detailed maps showing the important towns and villages, the surrounding landscape, key structures like bridges and tunnels, and the roads and highways that traverse the region. Without such information, you couldn't communicate your campaign strategy to your field officers and the rest of your troops.

Unfortunately, many top executives are trying to do just that. When attempting to implement business strategies, they give employees only limited descriptions of what they should do and why those tasks are important. Without clearer and more detailed information, it's no wonder that many companies have failed in executing their strategies. After all, how can people carry out a plan that they don't fully understand?"

— 'Having Trouble with Your Strategy? Then Map It' (Kaplan & Norton)
1. The Importance of Situational Awareness
Situational awareness is key for business success. It allows you to understand the current situation, anticipate emerging challenges and opportunities, and make smarter decisions. Don't be caught off guard — start cultivating strong situational awareness today and learn how to stay ahead of the game.
2. Economic Rules of the Game
Business climates are shaped by re-occurring economic rules of the game. Understanding the climate means being able to identify emerging trends early and align with the forces shaping the market. But ignoring the climate when making decisions is to operate blindly and expose yourself to unnecessary risks.
3. Becoming a Move Maker
Becoming a Move Maker means having the confidence to make bold, strategic decisions that propel your business forward. With the aid of a mapping playbook you can start identifying and making moves you never thought possible before and which your rivals will not see coming.