Focus your team on the strategic 20% that will deliver the 80%
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High-Impact-Low-Cost Strategic Planning Workshops

Strategic Plans Informed by Military Tactics and Engineering Principles

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Book your first 4 to 5 hour workshop for only £397 (~ USD550)
Save £562 (58%) on the usual £959 price
"If you haven't tried it, you won't believe it!"

The Premise

  • You know your business
  • You have great ideas
  • BUT, you need an actionable plan

Our Promise

  • We crystalize your ideas into an actionable plan...
     —faster than you'd think possible.

Buy online, or contact us for a proposal

How it works

  • We spend 4 to 5 hours on Zoom with up to 7 delegates.
  • Together we define your focus question; for example, “What are our critical concerns regarding our strategy for growing the business?”
  • ​Using the tool, we will take you all through the StratSnap© critical thinking process.
  • ​Together we crystalize the results into 7 critical factors, weighted and scored so you know where to focus your effort and money.
  • ​We help you analyze the biggest gaps and identify initiatives to close them.
  • ​You receive the workshop results: your plan, a workshop report and the workshop video recording.

“James, you really know what strategy is, and what work you have to do, to do it.”

– Michael Utvich (Automotive Industry Strategy Consultant)

This 6-minute video explains why we may be the right people to help you

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"Deceptively simple– incisive and powerful. Completed in a true partnership between consultant, algorithm and your business that will enable you to continue forging ahead in the new normal. Give it a try." – Clare Wright

When Clare saw her workshop results, this is what she said...

Graph of weighted gaps - Julie Jeffery

"The selling point is that for less than £100 [for the 90-min workshop], the decision-maker can identify various problem areas in their current business strategy, and concretise their thinking (very quickly)." – Darren Thompson

“I came away from it with a much clearer vision, new feasible and achievable objectives and in particular what was on the hearts of my staff in these most difficult of times.” – Louis Fourie (OHS Consultancy)

4 to 5 hour Workshop
List Price £959
Introductory Price £397*
* On the understanding that you will give us an honest review or testimonial

“James, you really know what strategy is, and what work you have to do, to do it.” – Michael Utvich (Automotive Industry Strategy Consultant)

When you go through the Strategic Snapshot process you will feel more confident in your decisions and you will have the plan and the steps to follow through...”– Augusta Massey (National Bar Association)

“Your process has been quite amazing. And as everybody has said, your approach and your tools have actually assisted us to arrive at this point in time so quickly.” – Tina E (Group Managing Director)



"Once in a while you find gadget or device that you didn’t know you needed but once you have it then you realise that you just don’t want to be without it. The StratSnap is that device, in this case a piece of really useful software which has been well proven in practice. A bargain." – Charles Whitaker

"It has certainly made me think about how I approach my planning and priorities for events and day to day work going forward. The tool is a great way to assess as a team where your priorities lie and within a team where they may differ and how through some simple calculations and discussions a resolution can be found. I hope to utilise the tool in future event planning and longer term projects." – Melissa Bourne

"Invaluable for teams and companies with multiple stakeholders." – Jennifer Bishop

“I found this exceptionally valuable.”
 – Gerhard S (Group Executive)

What is the value of an actionable strategic plan, effectively executed?
  
What percentage increase in revenue/market share/EBITDA do you want to achieve over 3 years?

What value would you attach to a method and tool that enabled you to achieve this? 
Quickly and accurately analyze your strategic environment.

 Develop a detailed, prioritized strategic action plan that will guide your organization in delivering the value you know is there.

Investment in our workshop is a tiny fraction of the value unlocked.
Because of the method’s constant focus on the critical elements, the workshop is time and cost efficient and will produce maximum impact for your investment of time and money.

My approach is based on the four pillars of my knowledge and experience

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  • Former practising engineer
  • ​Former military commander
  • Schooled in economics
  • ​​Decades of executive consulting experience

 Which Workshop is Right for Us?

Small Business Special offer!
£97 for
90 minutes / 1 Delegate

£239
£
97
For a 1 delegate running a small business.

  • 90-minute workshop with Dr Robertson on the focus question of your choice.

Small Business Special offer!
£197 for
2 to 3 hours / 2 to 3 Delegates

£497
£
197
For 2 to 3 delegates running a small business.

  • 2 to 3 hour workshop with Dr Robertson on the focus question of your choice

Mid-size Business Special offer!
£397
4 to 5 hours / ≤ 7 Delegates

£959
£
397
For up to 7 delegates running a mid-size business.
  • 4 to 5 hour workshop with Dr Robertson on the focus question of your choice

Large businesses will have a more complex environment that may require multiple workshops.
Contact us to discuss.

Sample Focus Questions:

  • What are our...
  • ​Market Critical Success Factors for market xxx?
  • Critical Customer Alienators we need to manage?
  • ​Critical Success Factors for Survival in the current economy?
  • ​Market Segment Attractiveness factors for the Business under future scenario #1/#2/#3?
  • ​Core Objectives for the business in the current market?
  • ​Shareholder Critical Success Factors for the Business in the current market?

What is your Focus Question?

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Client example Focus Question: 

What are our critical concerns with regard to internal projects?

Line Chart Showing Weighted Objective vs Current for focus question: What are our critical concerns with regard to internal projects?

High-Impact-Low-Cost Strategy Workshops - Key Differentiators

Not a shopping list 

No shopping list of wants – instead, brainstorm list synthesised into +- 7 weighted and scored critical factors

Differences Resolved

Different perspectives are identified and resolved

Team pulls together

By working through their different perspectives, the team aligns to a common approach

Traceability

Because the process maintains an audit trail, each element of the plan can be traced  back to its origin

Trajectory of change

The method recognises and identifies the forces required over time to change direction

Scorecard Dialog

The weighted scorecard enables a powerful dialogue between stakeholders and over time

Precision Engineering

Plans designed to succeed by engineering against failure. In the same way engineers design bridges not to fall down

Military Methods

Draws on military quick attack and Pareto principles to deliver results quickly
Self-train with our video material or attend one of our courses – remote or in-person
We offer comprehensive remote and in-person training, coaching, support, facilitation, trouble shooting and consulting tuned to your organization’s exact requirements. Please email support@the-strategy-doctor.com  if you have needs beyond the standard packages we offer.
You can buy support hours at check out to help you get started
Because of my passion for teaching leaders effective planning techniques we are offering the tool and training material at a very favorable price so that you can easily gain access to my method and tool for your organization.
These could be your results:

Highly recommended...

"Dr Robertson’s StratSnap workshops were transformative... His method enabled the team to reach consensus on what our critical problems were, and on a plan of approach to address them. StratSnap ensured that we quantified our thinking and thrashed out our differences. It provided a basis for year-on-year performance measurement... The metrics also gave us a lever to ask for resources to move the needle, very helpful during the budgeting cycle. Highly  recommended."
“...Dr Robertson's StratSnap workshops were transformative.”
Paul Leigh, Business Partner, Fortune 500 Ag Company
Footnote: Paul was so impressed with these methods that he has recently entered into a partnership with Dr Robertson.

We made rapid progress, faster than I anticipated.

"Dr. Robertson’s ability to understand the scope, depth, and specificity required was exciting. We made rapid progress, faster than I anticipated, which freed me to expand the necessary work on other parts of the program. His natural ability to assess, recommend, and manage integrated expansion of the program, lead, and collaborate demonstrated an unusual ability to focus and be extraordinarily productive. Dr. Robertson is welcomed and respected by all involved."
"Dr. Robertson’s ability to understand the scope, depth, and specificity required was exciting!"
Margot Murphy, Consultant, Beyond Resilience

A collection of some of the Focus Questions and results from workshops we have run

  • ​Lee: 
    What are our critical concerns with regard to internal projects?
Line Chart Showing Weighted Objective vs Current for focus question: What are our critical concerns with regard to internal projects?
  • Darren:
    What is the essence of our message to investors regarding the xxxx App?
Line Chart Showing Weighted Objective vs Current for focus question: What is the essence of our message to investors regarding the xxxx App?
  • ​Merl: 
    What is the essence of our offer?

Line Chart Showing Weighted Objective vs Current for focus question: What is the essence of our offer?
  • ​Julie: 
    What is the essence of my message to my affiliates in the lockdown?
Line Chart Showing Weighted Objective vs Current for focus question: What is the essence of my message to my affiliates in the lockdown?
  • ​Clare: 
    What are my Critical Success Factors for the Balance of 2020?
Line Chart Showing Weighted Objective vs Current for focus question: What are my Critical Success Factors for the Balance of 2020?
  • ​Melissa: 
    What are my Critical Success Factors for the Golf Day fundraiser?
Line Chart Showing Weighted Objective vs Current for focus question: Critical Success Factors for the Golf Day fundraiser?

Sometimes a second dimension emerges from the workshop factor synthesis as in the case below. These can be mapped later using StratMatrix©.

  • ​Margot (dimension 1): 
    The Critical Success Factors for Monetizing Vxxxx in 2020?
Line Chart Showing Weighted Objective vs Current for focus question: What are our critical concerns with regard to internal projects?
  • Margot (dimension 2):
    The Critical Success Factors for Monetizing Vxxxx in 2020?
Line Chart Showing Weighted Objective vs Current for focus question: What is the essence of our message to investors regarding the xxxx App?

StratMatrix© is used when the StratSnap© process surfaces two dimensions in answer to a Focus Question.

In this example, the two dimensions are Marketing Actions and Product Range.

Here are the Critical Factor weightings from a client workshop evidencing misalignment between personnel. A serious conflict was subsequently resolved.

Focus question:
What are the critical concerns with regard to IT services to the business?

Below, the critical factor scores for historic, current, forecast and objective graph the strategic trajectory.

Mapping the Strategic Environment with StratMap ©

Do YOU need to answer one of these Focus Questions?

  • What are our...
  • Critical concerns with regard to our current situation?
  • ​Critical Success Factors for Survival in the current economy?
  • ​Critical Success Factors to Thrive in the current economy?
  • ​Critical Considerations with regard to the Most Optimistic Scenario?
  • ​Critical Considerations with regard to the Most Pessimistic Scenario?
  • ​Critical Considerations with regard to the Most Likely Scenario?
  • ​Key Strengths in responding to current market forces?
  • ​Key Opportunities in the current market?
  • ​Key Market Attractiveness Factors?
  • ​Key Markets in current situation?
  • ​Market Critical Success Factors for Market xxx?
  • ​Critical Customer Alienators we need to manage?
  • ​Owner Critical Success Factors for the Business in the current market?
  • ​Core Objectives for the business in the current market?
  • ​Shareholder Critical Success Factors for the Business in the current market?
  • ​Or, the Focus Question of your choice
We offer 3 versions of the tool and training material:
  • Lite: for smaller organizations with modest objectives.
  •  Standard: for organizations with more comprehensive objectives.
  •  Professional: for organizations with ambitious objectives. This version comes with a free 1-hour on-boarding call.
I have a passion for helping leaders apply effective planning techniques that result in what I call thrive outcomes. So, whichever version you buy, we offer ongoing assistance at reasonable rates. 

Potential Cost of Inaction

  •  Time, effort, money: Lost value every month you delay 
  •  Competition: You may be outpaced by your competitors
  •  Statis: Inability to move forward with strength and alacrity
  •  Leadership: ​Lost opportunity to become a market leader
  • Misdirection: Failure to respond to shifts in your external environment