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Every year, countless organizations conduct STRATEGIC PLANNING. And every year,
70% of their plans fail.
But think of the COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGE if you’re one of the 30% of companies that GET RESULTS!
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Strategic Planning, Growth Planning, Long-Range Planning, Visioning … whatever you call it, your organization needs to know where it’s headed and how it’s going to get there. And everyone needs to be on the same page, to be aligned, especially members of your senior leadership team. You need to CREATE FOCUS!
How FOCUSED is your team?
Is your leadership team as focused as it needs to be? Is your organization clear on what success looks like? Take this simple diagnostic quiz:
If you answered YES to all these questions, congratulations! You are among a very select group of organizations that have mastered strategic planning (or whatever you call it in your organization). Well done!
If you answered No to any of these questions, your organization could benefit from a refresher to revitalize focus and make sure resources are consistently being applied to the most important activities.
If you answered NO to several of these questions, lack of focus and internal misalignment are major risks to your future success. You and your organization could greatly benefit from a concerted new effort to create focus at the leadership team level.
How to create FOCUS
Creating focus starts by developing answers to important questions like:
Why do we exist?
How do we behave?
What do we do best?
How will we succeed?
What’s most important, right now?
Who must do what by when?
If you and your team can rally around clear answers to these types of fundamental questions, you will CREATE FOCUS that will dramatically increase the likelihood of achieving breakthrough results.
Think about it. What would it be like if everyone from your senior leaders on down were rowing in the same direction…at the same pace…toward the same goal? Imagine the power!
We can help!
We’ve been designing and facilitating successful strategic planning off-site events for more than fifteen years. Our clients range from global brands such as Bayer, BDO, and Gucci to entrepreneurial startups to successful mid-tier enterprises to national associations like the School Nutrition Association and International Housewares Association. The organizations we work with are very different…but the challenges they face and their need to create focus and alignment are common ground.SCHEDULE exploratory call WITH CYNTHIA SCHEDULE exploratory call WITH GLEN
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What should you expect from a planning retreat?
If you’re thinking about strategic planning, then you probably feel that you and your business can do better. You have ASPIRATIONS – they may be relatively modest, or they may be “Big Hairy and Audacious.” In either case, we can design and facilitate a session for you that launches you and your organization toward your new, brighter future by…
An Investment, Not An Expense
Chief Executive Magazine recently noted that “Few initiatives in the business world can consistently generate enough ROI to compete with what a well-planned and well-executed executive retreat can do for you and your team.”
We couldn’t agree more!
Our clients include:
Glen has a solid methodology that creates a framework for planning. He then facilitates without “getting in the way,” allowing the team to focus on the actual planning, not the structure.
My favorite part of our strategic planning session was getting ideas and feedback from all group members, not just the usually-vocal ones.
What do strategic planning projects include?
We work closely with project sponsors to articulate detailed project expectations and deliverables that are unique to each engagement. But our strategic planning projects always have three phases:
SPECIAL NOTE: Many of our planning clients request post-retreat support to help them execute their chosen strategies (i.e., to avoid being one of the 70%!). We’re happy to provide follow-up support as a separate project.
What do strategic planning projects cost?
Our professional fees are always based upon the project, so that you can call upon us at any time without concern that the “meter is running.” Our work is also guaranteed, and we will commit as much time as necessary to fulfill the outlined objectives and meet the agreed-to time frames.
Our typical professional fee for a custom-designed 1½- or 2-day session (which we’ve found is the ideal length for a leadership team planning retreat), including the types of activities outlined above, is typically between $6,900 and $9,900.
It’s easy to see why the return of investment of our planning retreats is so high!
The Strategic Planning Cycle
When working with strategic planning clients, we often use our “Shaping and Executing Strategy Model” to help guide the project.
Sometimes the challenge is to define or rethink an organization’s fundamental building blocks like Mission, Vision, Business Model, Value Proposition or Strategic Pillars. We label this part of the strategic planning process “Destination Setting.”
Many clients, on the other hand, are comfortable with their strategic “building blocks” but need help developing consensus mid-term Goals, and the Strategies that will help them accomplish those goals. We label this part of the strategic planning process “Flight Planning” — you set goals and develop plans to accomplish those goals.
Once an organization’s mid-term Goals are set, Tailwinds and Headwinds identified, and general Strategies agreed to, the next step is to establish annual Objectives and detailed Action Plans to accomplish those objectives. This is the “Navigating” phase of the process when adjustments and course corrections will undoubtedly need to be made.
Executing your strategies is the key to success. Remember, 70% of strategic plans don’t get implemented. So, think of the competitive advantage you’ll create if you actually DO SOMETHING with your strategies!
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We’re comfortable and experienced working across all aspects of this planning and execution cycle. We don’t force-fit a “canned” solution; we help you focus on just those elements of the strategic planning process that will create the most value for you, your team, and your organization.
Give us a call! We’d love to talk with you about working together to create focus and breakthrough results.CONTACT US TODAY!