The many uses of a strategic planning facilitator. And the key qualities and skills to look for when selecting one.

A professional, external facilitator can provide lots of valuable support with an organisation’s strategic thinking and planning. More and more Boards and CEOs now use one. But exactly what potential uses can such a facilitator serve – beyond perhaps just the usual perception of someone running a workshop or meeting? Read more…

Using groups for decision-making: the key risks and challenges for leaders and how to deal with them

Human brains are quite inefficient cognitive machines. All of us regularly fail to see things accurately around us, we make poor assumptions, we misremember facts, we give in to cognitive biases, and we often make decisions based on emotional whims, rather than thinking rationally. In short, as individuals, we get Read more…

12 benefits of hiring an external strategy facilitator for a Board or strategic planning meeting/away-day.

Here are a dozen reasons for hiring a professional, external strategy facilitator, rather than using an internal staff member or Board member to take on the role: 1) Independence: An external facilitator will bring a detached, ‘outside-in’ perspective. In contrast, an ‘internal’ facilitator will struggle to see things as objectively: Read more…

10 ‘bias-busting’ questions to ask your team before you decide on their strategic review, big idea, or major proposal

Most leaders today are aware how ‘cognitive biases’ (e.g. ignoring some new evidence because it contradicts an existing belief you hold) can distort organisational decision-making. The difficulty is that biases are mostly unconscious things and so it can be very difficult to suppress them or prevent their influence. However, as Read more…