If you’ve participated in strategy setting – or even hold the responsibility for it – you know the whole set of activities can be pretty random. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. Overly-managed strategic planning can reflect a manipulative agenda or exclude important data. Random or not, success depends upon the team you gather; their dedication to the organization must be an element of their self-interest. Of course, healthy executives know how to align personal goals with organizational mission, and they know they’ll survive change if they make themselves useful. It’s a bit like deciding what to wear. If we know who we are, our sartorial choices serve as a foundation and enable us to put our minds to the bigger things, like teamwork, transparency and grand purpose.