How I Work

My consulting services are focused around three areas: Strategy Design, Strategy Facilitation and Strategy Coaching.

I only work with those organizations that are actively striving to make a real difference to the world. These typically include social enterprises, non-profit organizations, foundations, ethical businesses, and government departments.

My work is guided by my consulting philosophy or way of thinking about strategy and the world we live in.

Strategy Design

Your organization needs a strategy developed to explore a new strategic area, revise its business model or develop additional income streams.

The clock is ticking, and swift and decisive action is needed. You have many of the answers but need a skilled team to pull everything together into a formal strategic document and get stakeholders to support it.

I work with a multi-disciplinary team that includes specialists in law, economics, impact investment, governance, branding, and marketing – depending on the nature of your organization and strategy required.

Our engagements will start with an inception meeting, followed by market or stakeholder research and opportunity brokering (as needed). We will assist you in educating your staff and stakeholders about the new strategy, so that they fully support it when it is launched.

We bill for the design of an insightful and practical strategy, not for how many hours we spend developing it.

We can help you to implement this strategy, if needed, but we ultimately want your organization to embrace the strategy and learn how to implement it.

Strategy Facilitation

Your organization needs to have a strategic conversation and make important decisions. Perhaps its current strategy is no longer working? Perhaps it is growing or naturally shifting? Perhaps your entire industry is changing around you?

Your team must develop a shared understanding of what is happening and the best course forward. Developing this strategic clarity will require a difficult yet necessary conversation between your staff and other stakeholders.

You need a neutral and objective facilitator for this conversation, because there will be agendas, power, and personality dynamics within your team that will need to be managed. You need a facilitator that can infuse your team with positivity and faith in the future.

I can facilitate the strategic process for your organization and help you to achieve the shifts you require.

We will agree on the outcomes you want to achieve at the end of the process. I will then rely on my experience and intuition to determine the best course of action. For locally based-organizations I prefer this conversation to take place over several sessions.

Strategy Coaching

You are an entrepreneur that wants to help change the world. You are ambitious and motivated. You are a pioneer in your field and you’re heading out into the unknown.

You are surrounded by opportunity. So much needs to be done but there is so little time. Everything seems urgent and you lack the resources to do it all. Your situation is becoming increasingly complex and almost overwhelming. Sometimes, it’s difficult to hang on to hope and keep moving forward clearly.

You need someone you can talk to. Someone who isn’t your partner or boss. Someone who can listen to you and help you to move forward quickly without stumbling. Someone who knows your sector and has supported others on a similar path.

You’re looking for strategic clarity and encouragement.

I provide mentorship sessions that can help you find clarity and make sense of it all.

I will move between the role of a mentor who gives advice and a coach who listens and questions, depending on what you require. I may also propose small actions or tasks to do, recommend books or articles to read, or suggest people to speak to.

We will meet regularly (possibly in coffee shops), depending on your needs (and our schedules), so that our sessions will help you move towards the outcomes that you’ve defined.

 

Cultivating strategic clarity.

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