Our strategy development services range from an interactive presentation designed to get an organisation’s senior leadership team thinking about its approach to both strategy and leadership through to working with a leadership team to develop a complete strategy. The table below provides a brief description of these services, all of which can be modified to meet a client’s particular needs:
|Strategy and Leadership #1 (SL1): Interactive presentation on the nature and characteristics of effective strategy and strategic leadership followed by Q&A.||Designed to prompt organisations to reflect on their own approach to strategy and senior leadership. Provides an effective introduction to an executive team or management board ‘away day’. Can be delivered remotely on-line.|
|SL1 Seminar: Facilitated seminar discussion exploring the nature and characteristics of effective strategy and strategic leadership highlighted in ‘Strategy and Leadership #1’.||Follows the interactive presentation ‘Strategy and Leadership #1’ and provides an opportunity to explore some of the themes in more detail. Involves small group working. Can be delivered remotely on-line.|
|Strategy and Leadership #2 (SL2): Interactive presentation on how to develop an effective strategy. Builds on ‘Strategy and Leadership #1’ by considering different approaches to strategy-making and then suggests a 5-stage approach, exploring each stage in detail, including some of the tools available to ensure rigour and encourage insight in each stage.||Introduces senior leaders to a tried and trusted way of developing strategy. Draws on examples to illustrate the process and how various tools can be used to improve the quality of the analysis in each stage. Can be delivered remotely on-line.|
|SL2 Seminar: Facilitated seminar discussion exploring the 5-stage approach to strategy-making, and supporting tools.||Follows the interactive presentation ‘Strategy and Leadership #2’ and provides an opportunity to explore the 5-stages, and their supporting tools and techniques, in more detail. Involves small group working. Can be delivered remotely on-line.|
|Strategy Workshop: Facilitated workshop to help an organisation develop its own outline strategy.||Guides an organisation’s leadership/strategy team through the 5-stage strategy-making process, applying it to their own organisation and helping them to exploit some of the available tools to ensure rigour in each stage of the analysis.|
|Strategy Development: Working with an organisation’s senior leadership team and/or strategy director to develop a complete strategy.||We take the lead in developing your strategy with you. Involves working closely with the senior leadership team and/or director of strategy. The outcome is a completed strategy, including a supporting strategic narrative, that the organisation can begin implementing immediately.|
Our leadership development services include presentations and seminars designed to identify, and then explore, the attributes, attitudes and actions (the 3As) that characterise the most effective leaders. These are designed to stimulate self-reflection, prompting senior executives to think about how they might improve their own leadership capability. The table below provides a brief description of these services, all of which can be modified to meet a client’s particular needs:
|Leadership Theories (LT1): An interactive presentation (followed by Q&A) on the evolution of leadership theory, including an overview of some of the most convincing current leadership models.||Begins by exploring different definitions of leadership and then reviews a selection of leadership models that have gained traction over the years. Concludes by considering those which are now widely considered to be the most convincing, as well as those used by organisations such as the British Army. Can be delivered remotely on-line.|
|High-Level Leadership (HL1): An interactive presentation (followed by Q&A) on why leadership at the higher levels requires different characteristics to that at the lower levels, including what those characteristics are and why they vary depending on the organisation being led.||Starts by exploring different definitions of leadership in order to establish a common understanding of what leadership means. Then considers the nature of the problems that confront senior leaders and why this places a premium on particular attributes, attitudes and actions. Can be delivered remotely on-line.|
|High-Level Leadership Plus (HL+): An interactive presentation (followed by Q&A) that combines LT1 and HL1 to provide an overview of the evolution of leadership theory before focusing on high-level leadership and why this requires different characteristics to that at the lower levels, including what those characteristics are and why they vary depending on the organisation being led.||Starts by exploring different definitions of leadership and then provides an overview of leadership theories that have gained traction over the years, including a review of those considered to be the most convincing, as well as those adopted by organisations such as the British Army. Then considers the nature of the problems that confront senior leaders and why this places a premium on particular attributes, attitudes and actions. Can be delivered remotely on-line.|
|Leadership Seminar (LS1): Facilitated seminar discussion exploring some of the leadership themes identified in the HL+ presentation and their relevence, or not, to leadership in the client’s organisation.||The aim of this seminar is to encourage executives to reflect on the nature of effective leadership and what more they could do to improve their own leadership ability, and that of others, within their organisation. Includes small group working. Can be delivered remotely on-line.|
Training and Education
In working with our clients to develop courses, we follow the Defence Systems Approach to Training (DSAT). Developed as ‘best practice’ by the UK Ministry of Defence, DSAT meets the requirements of the International Quality Management System (ISO 9001) and this ensures that, as well as being cost effective, our training and education solutions meet the highest international standards. We are able to help with all four elements of the DSAT process outlined below (note that ‘training’ in DSAT terms “encompasses any training, education, learning or development, both individual and collective”):
- Element 1 – Analysis: what is the requirement? Is a new or amended training activity required? If so, what kind?
- Element 2 – Design: what should the training activity look like? Who will deliver it and with what resources?
- Element 3 – Delivery: the actual delivery of the training intervention (usually a course of some sort).
- Element 4 – Assurance: is the training activity being delivered correctly and does it meet the requirement? Is the whole Training System fit for purpose?
As Course Director at the Royal College of Defence Studies (RCDS), Craig Lawrence led the design and delivery of the College’s flagship 46-week postgraduate main course in international strategic studies. A 2nd Party Audit of the course (a mandatory requirement of DSAT) carried in November 2019 whilst Craig was Course Director assessed the College as having no areas of non-compliance with the DSAT process, the only training and education establishment across the whole of the UK’s Defence Academy to receive such an outstanding result that year. Of note, the ‘Course Design and Adaptation Process’ and its ‘Evaluation Strategy’ were identified as being particularly effective and are now being shared with other training providers across Defence as examples of best-practice in terms of the application of DSAT. Craig continues to work with RCDS in an advisory capacity, helping ensure that the design of the next main course (which is due to start in September 2021) benefits from continuous improvement. Another exciting new project that Craig is working on is the Iraq Military Education Development Programme (MEDP), an initiative sponsored by the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). Working as part of a team assembled by Crown Agents (a not-for-profit international development company) and Othrys (an ethical security consultancy), Craig’s role as the senior military education advisor is to ensure that all aspects of the programme’s design and delivery are fit for purpose and reflect training and education best-practice.
In addition to the strategy, leadership and course development services outlined above, we offer the following additional services (all of which can be delivered on-line if required):
- Exercise Design and Delivery: support with the design and delivery of strategic exercises to develop executives’ leadership skills and strategy-making expertise.
- Mentoring: mentoring of executives during strategic exercises designed to develop their leadership and strategy-making skills.
- Conference Facilitation: chairing and facilitation of panel discussions, Q&A sessions and VIP speaker interviews.
- Seminar Facilitation: facilitation of student/executive seminar discussions on subjects determined by the client.
- Peer Review: peer review of papers and journal articles on leadership and strategy.
- Media Projects: military advice and guidance during the scoping, development and production of media projects (such as documentaries, reality TV shows etc).
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