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.
We are a highly specialized firm whose expertise lies at the intersection of strategy consulting, process and organizational design, and offsite facilitation.
Justin joined Strategic Offsites in July 2017 and has helped with the management and design of projects across multiple industries, including retail, financial services, and fiber/telecommunications. Sample recent work includes:
- Aligning a senior executive team around a 5-year vision, including measures of success, strategic growth opportunities, and enabling capabilities required to achieve that vision
- Helping the executive committee of a process consulting firm develop, prioritize, and assign accountabilities for major initiatives to improve operational effectiveness
- Defining the approach and process for a company to transition one of its brands into an organization with dedicated resources that leverages shared services where appropriate, including major dependencies
Before joining Strategic Offsites Justin interned with Stone Pier Capital, a boutique M&A firm located in Pittsburgh. Experience focused on developing detailed research reports on prospective clients and industry trends, mostly in the Energy sector. In 2010 he founded JNB Parts, a small business that resells OEM agriculture and trucking parts. The business generated enough annual revenue to cover the cost of college, and still operates today in Cincinnati.
Justin graduated from Vanderbilt University with a BA in Political Science and a Minor in Corporate Strategy. While there, he spent a year as the Teaching Assistant for the Corporate Strategy course. In addition to typical Teaching Assistant responsibilities, he had the opportunity to teach classes covering specific strategy frameworks and facilitate group exercises.
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.