Strategy + Leadership = Success

The most successful organisations have a clear view of where they want to be in the future and how they’re going to get there. Whether you are in the UK or overseas, our strategy consultants can help you define an ambitious vision for the future and then develop a winning strategy to achieve it.

As global strategy consultants, we help organisations exploit the opportunities, and overcome the obstacles, that chaos and uncertainty create

Craig Lawrence, Founder and Managing Director of Craig Lawrence Consulting Limited, strategy consultants

Craig Lawrence CBE, our principal strategy consultant, has a proven record of developing highly innovative strategies that exploit opportunities to deliver outstanding results. He set up his consultancy in December 2020 because he was struck by just how many organisations struggle to do the same.

Craig was commissioned into the Gurkhas in 1983. He spent much of his Army career developing strategy, both in the UK and on overseas operations, including in Afghanistan. Craig left the British Army as a Major General in 2016. He then spent more than four years teaching strategy-making and strategic leadership at the UK Government’s ‘strategy school’. Known as The Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS), the school is a global leader in the postgraduate education of strategists and future strategic leaders.

Craig is a Fellow of both the Institute of Consulting and the Chartered Management Institute. In addition, he is the author of five books, including Getting Strategy Right (Enough), RCDS’s seminal guide to strategy-making. His next book, The Quick Guide to Effective Strategy, will be published in January 2023. This will provide an accessible ‘how to’ guide for those who need to lead the development of strategy. Craig now works with organisations in the public, private and third sectors, helping them to develop strategies that achieve outstanding results.

A powerful methodology applied by experienced strategy consultants

Craig and his team apply a proven strategy-making methodology that has been refined over many years. At its heart are 14 key questions, which are dispersed over five thematic stages. These bring structure and insight to a leadership team’s strategy-making. The five stages are:

  • Stage-One: firstly, understand the issue, the environment and the desired outcome.
  • Stage-Two: secondly, develop the strategic options.
  • Stage-Three: thirdly, decide which option should form the basis of the strategy.
  • Stage-Four: fourthly, refine and implement the strategy.
  • Stage-Five: lastly, review and adapt the strategy.

We introduce a range of tools and techniques to help answer the questions in each stage. However, these are all explained in our ‘Client Guide’. We give all our clients a copy to support the workshops we use when we help them develop strategy. You can see some of our clients at the bottom of this page.

The Client Guide for the Quick Guide to Effective Strategy, used by our strategy consultants

More than just strategy consultants!

Inclusive strategy development with Craig Lawrence Consulting Limited

We offer a full suite of strategy-making services. These range from introducing or facilitating a strategy ‘Away Day’ to developing a completed strategy. In addition, we can also design and deliver courses to upskill your organisation’s own strategy-making team. Or we can help you review and adapt your existing strategy. See ‘Our Services‘ below to see how we can help your organisation achieve its vision for the future.

Our Services

Strategy Development

Strategy-making can be confusing and difficult but Craig Lawrence Consulting can help you develop a winning strategy

We offer a complete range of strategy development services. For instance, we can provide an interactive presentation to help you think about how to approach your strategy-making. This is ideal for a strategy ‘Away Day’. Or we can work with you to develop a complete strategy.

Leadership Development

Craig Lawrence Consulting can help upskill your team so they can lead the development of strategy

We believe that high level leadership requires a different skill set to that at the lower levels. Therefore, we offer a series of presentations and workshops to help you explore these differences. We also suggest how you might close your capability gaps.

Training and Education

Developing strategy in the Cayman Islands with Craig Lawrence Consulting Limited

We can help you provide the training and education needed to develop your organisation’s strategy-making and high-level leadership skills.

Some of the clients we have worked with

Craig Lawrence worked with one of the divisions in Odgers Berndtson to develop a new strategy for their expanding business
Craig Lawrence delivered a masterclass on strategy and strategy-making to the RAF's Tedder Academy of Leadership
Craig Lawrence delivered a strategy masterclass for this London NHS Trust to help them think about how to implement their new strategy
Craig Lawrence delivered a course on strategy making for the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service in February 2022
Craig Lawrence is a Senior Research Fellow for RAND Europe and also supports the STRATEXes they deliver for RCDS as a senior mentor
Craig Lawrence was the Senior Military Education Advisor for a project delivered by Crown Agents in Iraq. He also presents on Crown Agents strategy courses
Craig Lawrence worked as part of a team from UDSS to help the Kenyan National Defence College (NDC) improve the design and implementation of their flagship strategy course
Craig Lawrence works with UDSS to deliver executive level training in strategy-making and to develop strategies for selected clients
Craig Lawrence delivered a strategy and strategy-making masterclass for the team at UKHSA
Craig Lawrence provided course design support to RCDS and occasionally mentors aspiring strategic leaders on the College's strategy exercises (STRATEX)
Craig Lawrence presented a masterclass on strategy and strategy-making to the Bangladesh National Defence College
Craig Lawrence worked with Vedette Consulting to help them develop their current strategy. He is also an Associate Partner of the company
Craig Lawrence is working with the Royal Bank of Canada to deliver strategic leadership and strategic thinking modules as part of the bank's Leadership Academy
Craig Lawrence provided advice and support to a team from Naked TV scoping a documentary about Britain's Gurkhas
Craig provided advice to Rare TV to help them develop a proposal for a Gurkha themed reality TV programme
Craig Lawrence is working with Laura Jo Foot Care to develop the strategy to launch the new 'Podi Pouch' product

Craig Lawrence Consulting Limited is registered in England and Wales under registration 13999213.

Our registered address is: Windover House, St Ann Street, Salisbury, SP1 2DR