Our Strategic Visualization process is designed to provide a structure in which you can THINK and obtain CLARITY about the important aspects of your business. It’s designed to make you think holistically about your business and not to focus on just your product or service.
We offer our Strategic Visualization process in a number of alternative ways:
- Totally “do-it-yourself” using our Strategic Visualization Canvas or Summary templates.
- A “point-of-view” review of the Strategic Visualization Canvas or Summary output that you have created using our templates.
- Coaching you through the creation of your Strategic Visualization Canvas or Summary, including review and feedback on what you’re creating.
- An in-person, facilitated Strategic Visualization session to identify all the pertinent information; followed by our creation (with your input and review) of an initial business summary, and a ‘next steps’ task plan and budget (i.e. we do the heavy lifting!).
Our PLAN efforts tend to follow a broad path in defining the tactics the business needs to employ.
First we start by breaking the goals and objectives down into significant milestones, and placing those milestones on a phased timeline. Then we focus on defining more detail for the “near-term” initiatives.
“Near-term” is relative to the growth stage of the company and also any inherent seasonal cycle they may have. For a new business, we would create a 30 to 90 day plan to get them into Start-up. For a company already into Start-up, it may be a 6 to 12 month plan to get them into Early Stage.
The depth and detail of the project plans created at this time is controlled by the question “do we know enough to feel comfortable about the time and resources estimated for this effort?”.
In the PLAN stage it’s often appropriate to define major internal business processes; identifying how the work of the business will get done on a day-by-day basis, and what tools will be used.
Also, it may be the right time to analyze and select vendors/partners that are going to have a major effect on the business getting things done.
All of these structural definitions include identifying the resources needed (people, money, etc.) to make the PLAN happen.
As each client’s needs are unique, our PLAN solutions are customized for the needs of the particular client.
As a full-service management consulting business, remaining involved with our clients during the EXECUTE stage is core to our mission – but what does remaining involved mean to our clients?
It is characterized by taking on the responsibility for tasks, projects and ongoing operations, for which we have skills where the client’s team doesn’t. As such we are the missing piece, filling a gap that it doesn’t make sense for the client to fill with an employee.
Major areas of EXECUTE involvement include:
- Project Management – Managing a specific project
- Program Management – Managing all or a related group of projects
- Vendor Contracting – Negotiating vendor relationships
- Process Implementation – Implementing new process, systems and protocols
- Back-Office Operations – Extending the day-to-day capabilities of your team
- Compliance Management – managing and performing ongoing tasks supporting Federal and State regulatory requirements
- Financial Management – managing and performing ongoing expense and cash flow management of the organization
- Personnel Management – managing and performing on-boarding, benefits management, etc.
- Vendor/Contract Management – managing ongoing vendor relationships
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