Ten key factors to running a successful strategy workshop
Here is our top ten list of things to keep in mind when you are planning for a strategy workshop.
Use the 7-Ps as a starting point
Consider participants, purpose, process, product, preparation, place, pathway when preparing for your workshop.
Invest early in agenda setting and session planning.
Run it like a project
Have clear expected outcomes, strong governance, unambiguous scope, appropriate resources.
Keep it simple
Keep the process – if not the content – simple.
Allow for an element of ‘open space’
Don’t manage every minute of the agenda – allow enough time for free flowing, relevant conversations.
Engage participants in the lead up
How do they conceptualise the strategic challenge at hand, what frameworks do they favour? How can you prepare participants to make a meaningful, informed contribution?
Set expectations prior to the day
Set the workshop expectations in pre-reading/pre-work to ensure everyone has a clear understanding of how the day will progress and inputs required.
Understand the value of data
Undertaking robust analyses is critical for clients to build an evidence base and reference point when engaging in strategic discussions.
Plan for a strong finish and follow-up
What are the next steps? Who is responsible? How will we measure success?
Engage a content-orientated facilitator
A facilitator who understands strategy and has the ability to work with you to steer your thinking and ensure your best path forward is discovered is essential.