Are you an executor working on technology implementation and frustrated that your system integration colleagues don’t have a clear sight of the bigger picture? Or are you a strategist in a management consultancy firm who wants to contribute to actual project implementation and finally see the envisaged results – but you’re are being told it’s not your company’s focus? You might just be a stratecutor, like me. Find out in the next 6 minutes. Let’s start with this. Do any of the following scenarios sound familiar?
You have an amazing sales team. Too bad what they sell does not closely match reality.
This scenario just kills you. A customer’s brief or RFP or whatever comes in. It’s a great project on paper, an amazing concept, and a great company to work with. But what’s being pitched by your sales colleagues will be unnecessarily difficult to build or clunky to run. You so wish you had been involved earlier to properly shape the solution closer to the realities of implementation and operations. Now that it’s been sold and bought, what can you do but now go all out on execution, hammering too many round pegs into square holes?
Your strategy colleagues live in PowerPoint surreality.
You sometimes get the feeling that you’re more hands-on than your strategy colleagues who sketch beautiful, exciting business concepts and plans, but only in PowerPoint. On slides, they make it all look smooth but they don’t seem to have the need to close the empirical feedback loop by actually taking something into production. They lack the interest and ability to granularly break down a strategy into truly executable pieces. You, on the other hand, have already designed the MVP or first release in your head and have a clear picture of what type of cross-functional scrum team would be needed to develop it, working with your contribution and guidance. But, contributing to delivery is not your job. Only PowerPoint production. How crazy is that?
Your colleagues in execution build cool tech, but more than once lose sight of the bigger picture.
You have amazing developers in your company. People you can learn from and look to when it comes to building cool things. However, they can get too consumed by the wonders of technology. Nobody needs a Porsche to harvest the crops; a tractor is just fine. Are you the only one seeing this?
It’s not a coincidence that Mindcurv attracts executors who want to strategize and strategists who want to implement. Mindcurv was founded by such types. We recently started referring to individuals with this mind- and skillset as stratecutors. These ‘odd’ and amazing people come to us, find each other, and finally, feel at home. We attract and foster our kind because, more than ever, it’s what our customers need to be successful, and thereby we too.
Are you wired in such a way? I’m interested in talking. Feel free to contact me and we can have a chat.
Where do I apply to become a stratecutor?
A stratecutor isn’t a role. It’s the way you’re naturally wired to do things. You can work strategically and innovatively, implement, and deliver. It’s the mindset we’re looking for to succeed in complex digitalization projects. Do you think that’s you? Please let us know here!
How do I know if I am stratecutor enough to join the Mindcurv team?
If the scenarios outlined above hit home, if you want to combine executing with your strategic thinking skills, it’s definitely a good sign.
What if I am not enough of a stratecutor?
No one is a 100% stratecutor. We come in all kinds of flavors. But if you identify with the above scenarios, we are happy to give it a go.
Vincent De Jong
Executive Vice President