Impact grids

Example of an Impact Grid

Relative Difficulty

Harder Easier
Ensure long term strategy is adopted providing there is a very good strategic fit Main short term priorities High Payoff
Stop doing Only if it requires:

  • Little resource
  •  Low Low co-ordination/organisation
  • Someone has very high energy

This process helps to gauge where to put your energy.

What are the timescales, what is the best payoff for effort expended?

Work in the top right quadrant is the obvious territory, but top left is often the most important for an organisations well-being in the longer term.

We can learn much about our own responses to challenge by identifying which quadrants we most often find ourselves in.


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