Erin Sedor Is Challenging Leaders to up Their Strategy Game with Quantum Science

By Spencer Hulse Spencer Hulse has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team
Published on May 10, 2024

From AI to climate change and more, CEOs face major challenges with designing strategic plans that can keep pace with what is happening both inside and outside their organizations — with many failing to achieve long-term success. However, one strategy coach is leveraging quantum science to solve this problem. 

Erin Sedor, the owner of Black Fox Strategy, is an Executive Strategy Coach working to improve adaptability from the inside out by bringing a whole new perspective to organizational intelligence and planning. Strategic planning has a long reputation for being an expensive and cumbersome waste of time. Yet, executives need a plan for where they want to go and how they will get there, so the inevitable process of visioning and goal setting lumbers on. 

According to Sedor, the problem is not necessarily the plan but rather understanding when the plan needs to change. Quantum science states that everything is energy, everything moves, and everything responds in relation to everything else. 

When we apply that to the business, we start to see that when the strategy is too narrowly defined or lacks focus, it becomes quickly outdated. That means successful strategic planning requires greater clarity around common cause and direction and less rigidity in how it is accomplished day to day.

Viewing strategy through the lens of quantum science reveals some fundamental flaws in the way many organizations approach strategy design:

Ignoring Quantum Entanglement: Every element of an organization (people, systems, relationships) influences and is influenced by every other element — heavy focus in any one area creates an imbalance.

Stifling Adaptive Agility: Organizations with a deeply held common cause are naturally agile and responsive, using organic problem-solving to adapt as needed (versus as directed).

Fearing Emergent Outcomes: Uncertainty presents a strategic opportunity, but only if we embrace the quantum reality in which we operate and create organizations empowered to evolve. 

“It is about fostering strategic thinking discipline over static plan building,” says Sedor.

Throughout her career, Sedor saw the same strategy-killing issues emerge time after time caused by a disconnect between strategy from the top and operational reality. This was the problem she set out to solve, and the inspiration for the quantum-intelligent system that she uses today. 

“The answer turned out to be an elegantly simple yet deeply insightful approach that frames strategic discussions in a purpose, growth, and evolution context. Each of these elements is considered from both the internal and external perspectives to ensure a healthy entity capable of achieving its ambition,” remarks Sedor.

She continues, “The process also requires an equilibrium within these priorities to avoid, let’s say, a hyper-focus on growth that disconnects from purpose or fails necessary evolution. Because we have these grounding points, the plan is naturally flexible and can adapt as the reality in and outside of the organization changes.” 

Sedor’s quantum-inspired approach inherently addresses the nature of people-driven systems and the fact that they are both dynamic and unpredictable, as outlined in a recent Harvard Business Review article. She holds that financial success and overall sustainability can be achieved by focusing strategic priorities on both the internal health of the organization as well as external growth and bottom-line results. 

Sedor has more than three decades of experience navigating high-growth organizational environments to manage strategic risk and organizational change. As a former c-suite executive, she knows the challenges facing today’s business with a broad background and education that includes finance, organizational development, enterprise risk, and strategy. Since starting her practice in 2015, she has successfully supported executive teams, as well as boards, in the for-profit, non-profit, tribal/native, university, and government agency space, using her unique approach to designing strategy. 

By Spencer Hulse Spencer Hulse has been verified by Muck Rack's editorial team

Spencer Hulse is the Editorial Director at Grit Daily. He is responsible for overseeing other editors and writers, day-to-day operations, and covering breaking news.

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