Aligning people, delivering results.
Facilitation has been called the key to unlocking the gold mine of wisdom and knowledge that is buried in the heads, hearts, and guts of your people. A well designed and professionally facilitated meeting will beneﬁt your organization in many ways – from improving teamwork and building consensus, to planning for change and positioning your organization for greater success.
Over the last 20 years, we have facilitated 100s of meetings, workshops and corporate retreats that have produced clear decisions, with all participants aligned and onside.
Extensive business, consulting and facilitation experience.
Our principals, Bob McCulloch and Chris Ward, have extensive business, consulting and facilitation experience. Each is skilled in building effective teams and achieving tangible results as an entrepreneur, executive and consultant. Active listeners with a collaborative style, humour and a buttoned-down process, both excel at engaging participants, breaking up logjams and keeping a meeting, workshop or retreat on track.
Here are a few of the areas in which we are acknowledged experts:
► Developing your business strategy.
Why do you exist in today’s and tomorrow’s world? How are your clients better off because you exist? What does success look like three, five, or 10 years down the road? What are your strategic priorities? What strategies will be put in place to achieve your longer-term goals? How will we engage our staff and other stakeholders to support our strategic direction? What role will the Board play in overseeing your strategic direction? StrategicRetreats experts will work you through these critical questions as you generate your strategic roadmap.
► Engaging your Board in strategic thinking.
Leveraging the knowledge, experience, wisdom and other talents of Board members individually and collectively is the smart thing to do. StrategicRetreats will work with you to frame the strategic issues with which the Board needs to deal, then facilitate them through a highly productive process to generate solutions.
► Focusing your marketing efforts.
What’s our marketing strategy for the next year or two? What can you do about pricing, market share or profitability? How can you combat that new and very aggressive competitor? These are typical of questions that can be successfully addressed in facilitated sessions.
► Refining your value proposition.
Buyers are self-centered. "What’s in it for me?" is a mantra. Offer products and services of real value and you'll win them over. Miss the mark and you can pretty much kiss the business goodbye. We’ve facilitated workshops to craft value propositions for dozens of public, private and not-for-profit clients.
► Launching a tough project.
At the beginning of a large, complex – or complicated – project, organize a kick-off meeting of all key players to ensure everyone is on the same page with respect to the dimensions of the project... particularly important when each team member sees the project, its elements, and its challenges from a different perspective. A StrategicRetreats facilitator will help build enthusiastic support for the project, and inspire the commitment of team members.
► Clarifying a concept or business idea.
Here's a great opportunity to bring together people with an interest in the idea – under the guidance of an expert facilitator – to build a rich and comprehensive understanding of the opportunity. Not only will this concretize the concept, if the idea is potentially feasible the session can be designed to generate and scope out a high-level project implementation plan.