Lion’s preferred model for strategy formulation is the RIOS model developed by Chris Tipler, the main elements of which are set out in the diagram below.
Through the RIOS steps, this model explicitly recognises the importance of capability in achieving desired strategic outcomes (winning). The process involves an initial ‘forensic’ stage – the SOWOT analysis – that seeks to generate the insights and powerful ideas that will ultimately inform the planning process.
RIOS is typically a facilitated process in which Lion Capital acts as the process leader, but where much of the work is completed by the client executives. This approach achieves a good balance between specialist, professional, expertise, and ‘ownership’ by the client team.
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