Right, so you've signed up for your free trial with Lucidity strategy software. Let us start by applauding you for that 👏.
Honestly, this system will revolutionise how focused and organised you are as a business. You’ll get where you want to be so much faster this way.
But then, we would say that wouldn't we? Let us just suggest a few things to do during your trial, then you can decide for yourself. How does that sound?
(And if you happen to be reading this and you HAVEN'T signed up for a free trial... what are you waiting for? It's completely free for 7 whole days. So, SIGN UP!
This is job one when you first get started in Lucidity. So, skip ahead if you’ve already done it. If not, take a look at the descriptions and pick the best match for your circumstances and ambitions.
Your Lucidity experience will now be tailored to your selection and you’ll find help and guidance along the way. You’ll have specific tools in your Modules area most appropriate for giving you the insight you’ll need to build that strategy.
We’ll also suggest tailored Strategic Objectives, based on that strategy approach, when you start to build your strategy tree.
Speaking of your strategy tree.... let's get right to it and have a first stab at building it. This is the beating heart of your Lucidity world – your strategy, well structured, clearly laid out, with progress visible, end-to-end. Watch the 90 second video and you’ll know what you need to do here.
Start by adding some Strategic Objectives. These are the fundamental things you want to achieve. Think big picture here - nitty gritty is for later on. And if you're struggling for inspiration, don't worry, we've created a bunch of tailored suggestions (based on your chosen strategy template), so you can be guided by those. Or, indeed, create your own from scratch. It's a good idea to have between 4 and 7.
Remember, you can always come back and edit these after you've completed a couple of modules. You'll hear more about the modules in step 3. They are made up of commercial and academic business tools and models that'll help you get real insight and refine your strategic thinking. So start to build out your tree now, but it's a good idea to do some of those exercises and come back and refine your Objectives accordingly.
Now you want to start getting really down to it, with proper targets and clear measures. So let's add some Goals for your Objectives. What are the specific targets you’ll need to hit to achieve your Strategic Objectives? Again, we've suggested some if you want to use those. It's stuff like 'Reduce customer churn' with a percentage measure, or 'Increase revenue' with an exact value by a certain date. For each goal you can pick a measurement type, add milestones and timelines.
Over in the Modules area you’ll find a bunch of our super cool, interactive strategic planning tools and models. Depending on what Lucidity strategy template you selected, you’ll find different ones – from SWOT to Cost Reduction Tools. Have a browse through, maybe watch the short video tutorials for each and choose the one you want to start with. If you’re on our Get Further plan, you’ll have access to the full module library containing our complete range of tools 👍.
Block out half an hour in your diary, make yourself a coffee and settle down!
Do this alone without distractions, or, better still, get the team together and run a little workshop around it. Why not take it to this week’s management meeting?
No matter what module you’ve chosen, all of these exercises are designed to really make you think about your business – how it’s operating now, and what opportunities there are for improvements. So in most cases, the more of the team you have involved, the more ideas, observations and experience you’ll have to inform your thinking.
Getting the team together to complete these interactive exercises will benefit everyone. We know how it is – there’s always so much going on that breaking away from the day-to-day and the ever-increasing to-do list is hard, if not near-impossible. But without actively doing something to force a break, your leadership team will always be working IN the business and not ON the business. It’s crucial to get everyone to take a step back every so often and evaluate and assess what the business is doing, where it’s going and what needs to change.
This is your chance to do just that. Have a go during your 7 day free trial. Pick a module, share your screen and work through it together. You won’t need any pre-existing knowledge of any of these tools – Lucidity guides you through everything. With short video tutorials and simple steps, all you’ll need is knowledge of your business and a healthy thirst for progress 😉.
Once you’ve answered the questions, added in your information, made a few decisions, you’ll have completed a really useful exercise in strategic planning. Well done you!
Finally, you can download an auto-generated, great-looking graphic, capturing your output. And that’s yours to keep now, regardless of whether you choose to stay with us or not! You’re welcome.
Remember, success loves company. Is that the phrase? It feels like it should be a phrase. Regardless, it's always good to collaborate. That's the whole point of Lucidity after all.
This is about working together to nail your strategy, and then singing it from the rooftops so everyone is in the loop and on-board. And certainly no one can single-handedly execute a strategic plan. So you'll need to get the team involved.
Take a look in the bottom left corner of the screen – there it is! ‘Invite your team’. Just add their details, hit invite and they’ll get an email 👍
You can set other users up as System admins if you so desire, so they have control over all the Company Settings (you know the stuff, billing details, user access etc). And you can control which strategies users can view and edit (assuming you have multiple strategies).
Now this is where the magic happens. Get this right and you’ll never suffer from the dreaded execution gap – where good strategy plans fall to their death. Thanks to this task management system, uniquely structured around your strategic plan, you have all the tools you need to nail the execution and achieve your vision. 🙌
Either add a task directly from the Strategy Tree or hop into the Tasks area and do it there. Pick which Goal it relates to, give it a description, a deadline and assign an owner.
Now it’s time to really around play with the task functionality. There’s lots you can do as a task owner.
The more detail task owners add, the more informed the whole team is, and the easier it is to keep your strategy alive and front-of-mind. Remember, when someone completes a task, everyone will get a notification in their Feed. Progress encourages more progress – little wins are motivating. Who doesn’t enjoy a virtual high-five over a completed task or a milestone hit 🙌?
So have a go at updating a task and get other task owners to do the same. Break a task down into its components by adding a checklist. Do a couple of things on that list and have the satisfaction of ticking the boxes! Set a confidence level, move the status along, even change the deadline if you want.
Then hop into someone else’s task. Add yourself as a follower and get email notifications whenever there’s an update. Maybe add a question or comment in the Update feed.
You should be getting a feel for how this all works now. Good huh?
If you feel like you'd like to have a chat with a real human about all this, we offer a free onboarding session with one of our Onboarding Strategists which you can take up at any point during your Lucidity journey. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll book you in!
Again, if you haven't actually registered for your free trial yet, do it now. You won't regret it. SIGN ME UP!
Get the latest strategy insights and tips from Lucidity twice a month. We never spam and you can unsubscribe any time.