Understanding the difference between the operational aspect and strategy side of the business is very important in today’s competitive world. Knowing that strategy & operations can work parallel with each other will ensure better performance and drive for the organization.
Each aspect complement each other and require maintenance, and skillful attention so the businesses delivery results are optimized. Learning that these two sides are entwined with a fragile chord, it will help you to find ways to keep the balance and will also help you to see what role you can play in each side of the business.
If you only focus on one aspect and spend time and resources mainly on that side of the business then you might be putting your organization at a risk. To maintain the balance you need to understand both sides of the business, read on to find out more and how you can make a difference in your workplace.
The Operational Side
Many employees directly relate to the operational side of the business as it’s easier to explain and they are somehow connected to the operational side in some way.
It consists of core activities that are executed on a daily basis and those that are familiar to most people like Production, Logistics, IT, Finance, Marketing, Sales and Services.
The goal of the operational side of the business is to keep the daily activities up and running at an efficient pace which will provide the organization with enough fuel to maintain and improve itself in order to become better and more efficient as it grows.
The Strategic Side
Strategy focuses on transforming the operational side and helps the employees to evolve in order to be competitive and achieve long term goals by finding new ways to perform activities at lower costs.
Strategy is mainly concerned with new solutions and concepts that the business may want to offer in the future, as well as discovering new markets and potential customers that the business may want to serve later on, helping to shape the future of the company.
The Strategic side helps the business to make changes to its path to make sure that its is adding value for customers as well as employees and doing its best while avoiding any complications.
It takes a lot of effort to manage these two sides that propel the business forward. To strike a perfect balance between operations and strategy; some days you must focus on operations and other days must be focused on strategic planning and execution. If you carefully maintain and manage both these sides you will successfully be pushing your business to reach the next level!