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, we can help your organisation develop the winning strategy and high-level leadership skills it needs to achieve its most ambitious vision for the future.
“An organisation without a strategy is like a ship without map or compass.”
All organisations (whether businesses, charities, schools or government departments) need a strategy in place that explains how they are going to exploit the opportunities, and overcome the obstacles, that our complex and ever-changing environment creates to achieve their ambitious vision for the future.
However, thinking strategically and developing an effective strategy are not that easy; if they were, all organisations would have an effective strategy in place and few of them would ever fail. This is where we can help. By working with you to develop a completed strategy and/or running bespoke programmes to upskill your own strategy-making and leadership teams, we can help your organisation excel in today’s volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) environment. Scroll down to find out more about us and for a quick overview of the services we provide.
Who are we?
Craig Lawrence CBE is a Fellow of both the Institute of Consulting and the Chartered Management Institute. He has a proven record of developing highly innovative strategies that exploit opportunities to deliver outstanding results; he set up his consultancy because he was struck by just how many organisations struggle to do the same.
Since setting up his consultancy in December 2020, Craig and his team of experienced associates have worked with a wide range of clients in many sectors, helping them develop the strategies and high-level leadership skills that have enabled them to excel in today’s complex and ever-changing environment. You can see some of the organisations we have worked with at the bottom of this page; you can also find out more about Craig at this link, including his service as a Major General in the British Army and his role as the lead for the teaching of strategy and strategic leadership at the UK Government’s ‘strategy school’ in London.
Our approach to strategy
What is strategy?
We recently produced a short (12 min) presentation that answers two questions: the first is ‘what is strategy?’; and the second is ‘what are the defining characteristics of effective strategy?’ The presentation, which is the first of a series and which you can watch by clicking the button below, provides a useful introduction to how we see strategy and why we believe that developing effective strategy can be so challenging.
Thinking strategically and developing effective strategy
Our approach to developing strategy represents international best-practice and has been refined over many years of working at the strategic level with clients across a wide range of sectors, both in the UK and overseas. At its heart are fourteen high-level critical thinking questions, which are dispersed over five thematic stages. Each high-level strategic thinking question is supported by supplementary questions that add granularity, as well as by a range of tools and techniques that can help answer the questions and bring rigour and structure to a strategy’s development. Our approach is described in The Quick Guide to Effective Strategy, which we published in March 2023.
Originally intended as a ‘how to’ guide for those who needed to know how to develop an effective strategy, the book, which is receiving excellent reviews, is also proving popular with those who want to improve their ability to think strategically, as well as with those who want to understand the strategy making process better, such as a company director (executive or non-executive), charity trustee, government official or school governor, and want to ensure that the way their organisation approaches the development of strategy reflects best-practice. This is not just because they want their organisation to succeed but also because they have a legal responsibility to act in their organisation’s best interests and allowing it to develop bad strategy falls a long way short of this as some of the examples in the book illustrate.
Our approach to training and education
All of our strategy, strategic thinking and leadership development programmes are designed using the Systems Approach to Training (SAT). Recognised as international best practice, this proven approach meets the demanding standards of ISO 9001 and ensures that clients get cost-effective solutions that meet their exact requirements.
You can find out more about the services we provide, and see some of the organisations we have worked with, below. Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more about how we can help you, your people and your organisation achieve the most ambitious vision for the future.
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 management board or team strategy ‘Away Day’. Or we can work with you to develop a complete strategy. Our approach is entirely scalable to meet your needs.
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 design and deliver leadership development programmes to help you upskill your team and close your capability gaps and provide executive mentoring.
We can help you provide the training and education needed to develop your organisation’s ability to think strategically, as well as it’s strategy-making and high-level leadership skills. We also provide a range of more general course design services, from the initial analysis to confirm your training needs through to designing and delivering a completed course.
The other services we offer include executive mentoring, chairing panel discussions, conference and seminar facilitation, wargame and premortem facilitation, peer review of academic articles and expert advice to media projects.
Some of the organisations we have worked with
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