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…

Goodbye to strategic planning. Hello to ‘agile’ strategy!

Traditional strategic planning is dying. In today’s dynamic world fewer and fewer organisations are practising the traditional process of ‘forecast ahead, prepare 3-year plan, then implement’. This rigid, ‘top-down’ approach is in complete contrast to the approach used today by many large and international companies, particularly leading tech companies (e.g. Read more…

Virtual strategy meetings: how to facilitate a strategic planning or executive away-day meeting online

Dedicated in-person strategic ‘away-day’ meetings have long been a regular event in the diary for Board members or senior staff at many organisations. Sadly, of course the coronavirus has made such meetings inappropriate, so leaders have had to get used to holding virtual meetings, which can be more challenging. So, Read more…