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Executive Team Strategic Planning

Why do Senior Management Team Alignment workshops help our clients?

Many organisations struggle with deploying their strategy. This workshop aims to address the transition of the strategy from “board level” into the first supporting layer of management. Strategic direction must be integrated with existing programmes and initiatives already in flight, with the often “fuzzy” understanding of strategy crystallised into specific responsibilities for the team and its individual members.

By working through this process senior managers clarify their understanding, formulate and begin to align their planning and the measurement system/metrics that will support execution. By creating a consensus on the way forward the team distils clarity from chaos, sees purpose and generates a “call to arms”.

We find these sessions are highly effective in providing an “organisational therapy session” where relationships within the team can be developed and roles clarified.

A facilitated workshop event designed to align and calibrate members of an SMT or Leadership group with the organisation’s strategy and each other.

Led by a team of Coaching For Change consultants, and supported with meaningful preparation work, this off-site event removes the delegates from their familiar surroundings and provides an important opportunity to think and review the elements of the strategy.

The group progressively breaks down the Strategic Essentials and Critical Objectives into a set of Programmes and supporting metrics. These are then integrated with the initiatives already in progress in the organisation to ensure that each member of the team understands what they are individually and collectively responsible for, with metrics and targets of appropriate granularity that they agree.

The team then moves onto the risks and barriers to delivering the plan for change, developing an action plan to address them which provides mutual support for achieving goals across the team.

Throughout the process the Coaching For Change team act to facilitate the conversation, identify gaps and challenge assumptions. Decisions are proactively identified and called out for the group to validate.

We facilitate your strategic planning off-sites to help you:

  • Align executives around focus and priorities
  • Galvanise corporate performance
  • Strengthen the company’s position in its industry
  • Explore strategic issues in depth and produce a set of strategic priorities
  • Produce think tank conversations to further innovative company growth

Outside facilitation of senior teams ensures that:

  • Team members communicate and collaborate more effectively
  • Groups are aligned on key business goals
  • Critical decisions are reached more quickly
  • Roadblocks in working relationships are diminished or eliminated
  • Action plans are developed for short and long-term strategies

Benefits of Team Building

These team sessions accelerate productivity, minimise power struggles and positioning, and eliminates typical department-centric thinking as they foster creative and innovative solutions to issues and challenges.

Strategy Workshops are usually a one-day sessions to get you and your team aligned around a strategic plan for your business.

Teams will leave with more clarity, focus and drive, as well as the right tools to stay on track.

A Strategy Workshop will start with an in-depth disucssion about the 'big picture' and then gradually narrow the focus, in order to help identify key opportunities that iwll most significantly impact you business.

  • Develop a road map for your business
  • Explore competetive advantages
  • Look at building a winning team to deliver the objectives that will drive growth
  • Improving internal processes
  • Devleop a high-quality strategy
  • Create an action plan

Recommendations

We highly recommend that you follow up the strategy wokshop with quarterly follow-up sessions.

This will:-

  • Check the business is implementing the actions set out in the first workshop and in a timely fashion
  • Brings outsider 'thinking' and connections to the business
  • Re-aligns the business if off track or needs to diversify

What does the planning project consist of:-

  • Goal Setting
  • Analysing the situation
  • Creating the Strategy
  • Allocating Resources

What are the benefits of planning projects:-

  • Together, we will develop a road map taking into account what will and will not work for your business
  • We will explore competitive advantages in detail to udnerstand your key strengths and how we go about communicating these
  • We will build a winning team to deliver the objectives that will drive growth
  • We will review and improve internal processes
  • We will help identify the key drivers that must be implemented for success
  • We will give you the confidence to redefine and work with you to implement

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