Retreats, Executive Sessions, and Strategy Sessions

Setting Strategy Like Futurists
Frequently Bob is asked to kick off and facilitate strategic planning sessions. This presentation takes techniques a futurist uses to predict, plan and prepare for the future, and makes them understandable and accessible for organizations setting strategy.

Future Briefings
Bob will often step into his role as consulting futurist to give a baseline presentation crafted on the clients issues and situation to outline the challenges, trends, potential developments, and considerations the group will address in the strategy decision-making. These are interactive, “future conversations” that help the group set priorities, broaden thinking, identify crucial decisions, gain background perspective. They flow perfectly into the discussions, debates, and constructive tension that is always a part of strategy.

The Futurist Difference
There is a difference in having a professional futurist anchor your retreat, strategy session, or decision-making meeting. Other facilitators follow formulae, take a group through a process, and act as referees. These are useful roles.
A futurist focuses on where not only the organization will be in the future but where the market, the competition, the customer, the economy, and other factors will be. As a strategy advisor, Bob is a consulting futurist. He’ll point up where foresight is lacking, where alternate scenarios may develop, and where classic mistakes could be made by narrowing uncertainty too far. He’ll reach into his extensive repertoire of tools unique to foresight professionals to help the group lengthen vision, broaden perspective, pull up to a higher level view, or drill into the implications of a decision or future condition.
This is not the same old strategy session you’ve used in the past.
What follows is not a comprehensive list but a short menu of techniques Bob Treadway has employed as a consulting futurist for strategy:




Cause-effect Analysis


Long Range Immersion

Decision Cross-Checking

Competitor Perspective, Simulated Attack, and Gaming

The “Challenge Matrix” - a structure that compares approaches and shows potential weak spots

Back-casting - a method that reverses step-by-step planning into a reverse-engineered, more robust and successful plan

We’re happy to explain details and propose sessions at your request. Contact us for more information, a conversation, and an assessment of your unique situation.