Strategy

Strategy consulting, development, and implementation was how Bob Treadway found his way to futuring. His foresight advisor role with organizations began in the 70’s as he consulted primarily with media companies on their planning.

Today we work with organizations in a wide range of fields, sizes, industries, maturities, market conditions, and roles to build robust, flexible strategies for future success.

The ability to emphasize
foresight in the consultation, foundation, and testing of strategies is our defining difference. This stand-apart approach distinguishes our work, brings inquiries from organizations like yours, and causes clients to retain our services year after year. Our average engagement for strategy advising is five years.

Our involvement in an organization’s strategy is multi-faceted and extends from deep involvement to participation as one of multiple players in strategy development. Some of the ways we contribute:

  • Setup presentations for strategy teams to develop foresight, identify significant future developments, and clear out the blind spots that come from being too close to operations.
  • “Installation” of foresight systems to enable organizations to forecast emerging developments, identify trends, single out significant opportunities, and identify danger signals.
  • Engage in deep contemplation of consequences and implications that clarify strategic approaches and smooth implementation.
  • Stakeholder surveys and feedback for consensus on future directions. We conduct this work for corporate, association, and government organizations.
  • Take strategic decision-makers into the future by immersing them intellectually in a range of probable future environments. Our approach to scenarios differs significantly from the vague, over-used techniques that fail to improve strategy development.
  • Construct, coordinate, and facilitate gatherings to develop strategy. Many clients ask us to get involved in everything from agenda to timeframes to experiences to consensus.
  • Help decision-makers extend their forecasting to a decade or longer in order to develop visionary outcomes and establish long-term courses for the organization.
  • Conduct decision-making sessions on specific questions that will impact long-term direction.
  • Engage management teams in implementation of the strategy.
  • Facilitate project management on strategic initiatives.
  • Identification and evaluation of key metrics and “balanced scorecards.”
  • Develop and deliver education sessions to build strategic skills in governance, advisory groups, and executive teams.
  • Use of “rolling plans” - techniques to avoid the pitfalls of “planning to the wall” and failing to adjust plans in the face of volatility and necessary change.
  • Evaluate strategic plans for consistency, areas of improvement, and comparison to a range of future scenarios.

We can provide further explanation or proposals for you to consider in a strategic consulting engagement.
Contact us for more information.