The Integral Strategy™ Methodology

Integral Strategy™ engages stakeholders in thinking deeply about a shared challenge where they need to take action. It is a powerful tool for collaboration that has been used by private, public and not-for-profit organizations for challenges in community development, community service, economic development, education, energy, environment, food security, healthcare, innovation, land and resource management, medical research, municipal government, and transportation.

Integral means whole, complete, containing everything essential. Integral Strategy™ focuses on the entire system and includes all of the stakeholders required to create systemic change. Transformative impact can be accomplished when all stakeholders work together.

  • Shared
    Vision

    Energize your stakeholders

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  • Shared
    Action

    Magnify what can
    be accomplished

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  • Challenge
    Driven

    Take on a
    shared challenge

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  • Outcome
    Focused

    Focus on
    results

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The Integral Strategy™ Maturity Model describes the path for a multi-stakeholder system to progress from a base level of performance to a high level of strategic agility, responsiveness and resilience. Moving from the lowest to the highest level of maturity, there is a growing focus on achieving outcomes and realizing breakthrough change. At Level 2, intentions are clear. At Level 3, stakeholders organize for success. At Level 4, the targeted outcomes are realized. And at Level 5, organizations, communities and systems are better able to respond and adapt to volatile and changing conditions.

Integral Strategy™ can be used wherever more effective collaboration is needed — by cross-functional teams, partnerships and alliances, value chains, supply chains, industry and economic clusters, formal and informal networks, professional organizations, not-for-profit and service organizations, inter-government and cross-government initiatives, communities, community organizations, and complex multi-stakeholder systems. Applications include the creation of new ventures, mergers and acquisitions, transformational change initiatives, competitive and collaborative strategy, community planning, business and social innovation, stakeholder alignment, performance improvement, resource sharing, and collective impact.

Integral Strategy™ Principles

Integral Strategy™ is a facilitated process that helps people work together to design and implement systemic change. It is based on the following principles:

  • Complex challenges cross organizational, sector and system boundaries
  • No single stakeholder working alone can achieve the outcomes required to change a system
  • Complex challenges require solutions that are holistic
  • The people who have to implement a strategy need to create it
  • People contribute meaningfully when they feel a strong sense of purpose
  • Purpose is strongest when the goal is to create a desired future
  • Powerful energy is unleashed when people work together and align their efforts
  • When people are empowered the system they are part of is much more agile and adaptive
  • Collective intelligence fuels innovation and gives rise to new possibilities

Unlike traditional strategies that are developed centrally and handed down to be executed, Integral Strategy™ is created by stakeholders working together. Everyone contributes and all contributions are aligned. The result is a shared strategy that can be implemented across organizational boundaries. Expressed as a Strategy Roadmap, the co-created strategy is a powerful framework for shared action and collective impact.

Every Strategy Roadmap facilitated by an accredited Integral Strategy practitioner includes this seal, which symbolizes the power of collaboration.

The Integral Strategy Network (ISN) is a professional organization. It trains, accredits, and licenses facilitators, offers workshops for organizations interested in this new way of thinking and working, and supports a professional community of practice. It does not provide consulting services. Practitioners offer facilitation assistance independently, based on their own specialties and domains of interest.