Understanding Strategy — ACCESS
The strategic value of the ACCESS domain is the ability to gain access to what the organization needs to operate but currently does not have access to already. These can be more people related or more resource related.
For example, if we need to hire more people who have certain skills that would be an example of an ACCESS need. Gaining access to a new office space because we have grown out of our old one would be another example.
ACCESS is about scanning and probing our environment, so that we can discover and relate to new potential space and then securing access to the areas and things we have need or use for.
By continuously testing the ground and feel into the environment around us we learn about new available connections and open doors for new opportunities we did not know was there.
ACCESS is NOT about current customers, current partners, current resources, current training, current services we are using or anything we are already involved with.
Collaboration with other parts of the organization is needed to understand what we need access to. However, meeting those needs is all about imagining, diversing out to open up new ground to connect to what is there that may be useful for us.
This enables our organization to accomplish things that could have strong new potential but would not be possible if we did not have access to what is needed to capitalize on that potential.
Strategic conversations in ACCESS
- Who can we talk to and what can we do to better understand our real access needs.
- What new areas can we probe to discover new potential relationships and resources.
- How can we map out our known surroundings to gain a better understanding of our options.
- What do we value in a suitable candidate or source for resolving an access need.
- What are our available alternatives to resolve an access need.
- How can we better relate to or survey our potential options to gain a better understanding.
- How do we make a choice of how to resolve an access need.
- What are the potential paths to gain access given different options.
- What are the advantages, drawbacks and consequences of different options.
- What is required to gain access to our preferred choices in an advantageous way.
- How can we facilitate securing the long term access to what is needed by the organization.
- What can we do to verify that our access need has been satisfied.
Change in ACCESS
The way ACCESS supports change is about taking the role of the first mover. It is about taking action in fruitful environments without necessarily knowing what may become the outcome of that action. We “stir up the dust” to disrupt the status quo, to then watch what may come out of that as the dust settles into potentially valuable outcomes that can be harvested for opportunity.
Change that results in more novelty and openness for relating is valued. Anything that moves new potential value closer to understanding and connecting to that potential is valued.
To learn more, see the work of Bonnitta Roy to learn more about OPO — Open Participatory Organizations.