Strategy + Training + 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’re in the UK or overseas, we can help your organisation develop the winning strategy, the innovative training solutions and the high-level leadership skills 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 most ambitious vision for the future.

However, thinking strategically, and then developing and implementing strategies that work, is not that easy; if it were, all organisations would have an effective strategy 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 to see some of the organisations we’ve worked with.

The Quick Guide to Effective Strategy by Craig Lawrence

Why choose us?

Craig Lawrence - Strategy and Training Design Advisor and Consultant

Author of Getting Strategy Right (Enough), a UK Government guide to developing effective strategy, and the best-selling ‘Quick Guide to Effective Strategy‘, Craig Lawrence CBE has a proven record of developing highly innovative strategies that exploit opportunities to deliver outstanding results; he set up his consultancy in 2020 because he was struck by just how many organisations struggle to do the same.

A Fellow of both the Institute of Consulting and the Chartered Management Institute, Craig has worked with a wide range of organisations across many sectors, helping them to develop the strategies, high-level leadership skills and award winning training solutions that have enabled them to excel in today’s complex and ever-changing environment.

You can see some of the organisations that Craig has worked with at the bottom of this page; you can also find out more about Craig at this link, including his service with Gurkhas and his last appointment as a Major General in the British Army, as well as his role as the lead for teaching strategy and strategic leadership at the UK Government’s ‘strategy school’ in London. Or watch his recent strategy ‘short’ on YouTube, which explains what strategy is, why it’s so challenging to develop and what this means in terms of the characteristics of truly effective strategy at this link.

Our Services

We offer a complete and fully scalable strategy development service, ranging from an interactive presentation to help you think about how to approach your own strategy-making (which makes an excellent start to a management board ‘Away Day’), through to working with you to develop a completed strategy or delivering an award winning course to upskill your own strategy making capability.

We believe that high level leadership requires a different skill set to that at the lower levels. We therefore offer a series of presentations and workshops to help you explore these differences. We also design and deliver leadership development programmes and provide executive mentoring.

One of our training and education courses recently won a national award for excellence in design and delivery. We apply the same expertise to helping our clients develop innovative solutions to their most complex training and education problems.

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

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
Working with Dods Training, Craig Lawrence delivered a strategic thinking course for HMRC in Aug 2023
Craig Lawrence has completed several contracts for the MOD, mainly relating to the design of training and education programmes
Craig Lawrence has delivered course design and deliver services for the UK Home Office
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 facilitated training for Ofgem
Craig Lawrence delivers courses on Strategic Thinking and Systems Thinking for Total Politics Group
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 Laura Jo Foot Care to develop the strategy to launch the new 'Podi Pouch' product
Craig Lawrence works with Dods Training to deliver Strategic Thinking and Systems Thinking courses
Craig Lawrence does occasional work with TAG International in the Middle East
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

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