As a new leader, you must prepare a report for the CEO that assesses the organization?s overall alignment between its vision, mission, values, and strategy. This report should consist of the following sections: An analysis of the strategic cascade of the organization This includes assessing the organization?s strategy and market position. Use the framework implied in Michael Porter?s (1997) article ?What is Strategy.? When describing the business strategy of your organization, consider the following questions: What is the target market (target customer)? What is your organization's value proposition (How does it deliver value that satisfies the target?s wants and needs?)? How is your product or service positioned in the market (What specific features and attributes define the product/service and how is its value reflected in its pricing, distribution, marketing communications, etc.?)? How is your organization sustainably different from your competitors (What is the source of uniqueness and how sustainable is it from being diminished by competitors?)? A strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT) analysis A SWOT analysis is a strategy planning tool that examines both internal and external environments for factors and trends that should shape planning and operations over the next five years. Environmental factors internal to the company are classified as strengths (to be leveraged) or weaknesses (to be mitigated), while external factors are classified as either opportunities (to be pursued) or threats (to be monitored and responded to).
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