Of all the meetings top executives go to in a year, none is more important than the strategy off-site, where the most essential conversations for the future of the business occur. Yet it is the rare management team that can say its strategy off-site truly changed the way the business is run. At best, participants do some vague direction setting and work on team-building skills; at worst, they write off the retreat as a waste of time and resources. It needn’t be like that.
Our Core Values
Success is measured by the ability of conversations to generate meaningful results for clients. Time is invested up front to understand the problems they face, then the necessary conversations are carefully designed and facilitated to align executives around impactful, actionable solutions. Every strategy conversation ends with clear next steps and accountabilities.
Structured, fact-based decision-making
Many conversations lack the right data, while others suffer from data-overload. Productive strategy meetings balance content, process and conversation in a way that enables attendees to use relevant insight to make decisions. This balance can only be achieved if the right people are engaged and the right content is developed before the meeting convenes.
Unlike traditional “study and recommend” strategy consulting firms who tell clients what they should do, Strategic Offsites Group custom tailors the process and conversations to help clients develop their own solutions, which they know can be implemented. Under this approach, clients’ internal capabilities and subject-matter expertise are complemented, not replaced, ensuring buy-in to solutions from the start.
Clients should look to consultants as valued partners and trusted advisors. No matter the extent of the engagement, they must always feel that their best interests come first.
How Strategic Offsites Group Is Different
Traditional “Study and Recommend” Strategy Consulting Firms have strong subject-matter expertise and advanced analytical capabilities, BUT their recommendations often lack client ownership/buy-in or cannot be executed.
Strategic Offsites Group drives client ownership of outcomes and buy-in by managing the process, content and conversations needed for effective strategic decision-making. We’re also unbiased – unlike traditional strategy consulting firms we do not deliver recommendations or have a stake in the outcome.
Standalone Facilitators lead executives in insightful conversation using established frameworks and methodologies, BUT they typically do not have rigorous strategy expertise or a tailored approach that fits the client’s objectives. Additionally, their focus tends to be on the meetings themselves, not on what happens before or after.
Strategic Offsites Group partners with clients to develop the right content, follow the right process, and have the right conversations to achieve desired outcomes. Our deep corporate strategy expertise allows us to push executives’ thinking in ways that typical standalone facilitators cannot.
Internal Strategy Teams have strong knowledge of the issues, BUT often do not have adequate resources or the process/facilitation expertise to manage critical strategy conversations. Also, they are rarely in a position to challenge the senior team’s thinking.
Strategic Offsites Group leverages its knowledge of best practices and its experience working with hundreds of companies across industries to drive toward effective solutions. However, we almost always partner with internal strategy teams to design and facilitate an approach that works for their organizations.
As the pandemic eases and we resume gathering in person, hybrid meetings will become a permanent part of how organizations function. These meetings bring added complexity at the same time that our collective Covid-driven year of meeting virtually raised expectations for remote participation. We share eight best practices to help make your hybrid meetings more effective.