Helping teams define and realise their goals, while building actionable strategies for solving their challenges.
Strategy workshop facilitation is when a group of people work with an expert facilitator to define a goal, then devise a plan to achieve it.
I operate as the workshop facilitator – the guide in this process. In a series of structured strategy sessions, the facilitator takes the team through a sequence of hands-on exercises. The team collaborates to first define their long term goal, agree on a metric by which to measure success, then formulates a plan to get there.
Typically the strategy workshop will span a day or two. Participants could be several members of a department, an executive team, or two companies coming together to collaborate on a project.
The workshop itself gets broken up into phases:
I get no greater professional satisfaction than seeing a team come out of one of these sessions enthused about having solved a problem together.
Back when I used to run my own agency, I didn’t know how to use this approach.
I would frequently find myself as the most senior person in the room, being expected to have all the answers. I knew that I had team members who had great ideas to contribute, but I had no effective methodology to draw the answers out from them. If you’ve ever tried to run a strategy workshop yourself, you’ll know that a lot goes into getting it right.
I’ve since made it my mission to be one of the best facilitators around, using these skills I’ve developed to help teams in their strategic planning process. Whether it’s for short or long term action plans, problem solving, or even for devising new internal processes, this approach delivers results.
There’s no real limit to the kind of business which would benefit from a strategy workshop. Any company that needs to make new plans, set new targets or solve a new problem would be wise to work with a strategy workshop facilitator.
I’ve run these kinds of workshops for startups, agencies, non-profits and for teams within larger businesses. I don’t need to be an expert in your sector either. I provide framework for you solve the problem yourself, with all of your industry expertise.
The best answer always comes from within the team.
On the whole, people are not great at collaborating!
Within an existing team, all manner of internal politics and working-style differences can arise in a group meeting. The honest truth is that people are rarely trained to collaborate together.
People talk over each other. The loudest person takes up too much airtime. Conversations wander and deviate from the item being discussed. Details are missed, and ultimately decisions are not made.
An experienced facilitator is neutral. They give everyone a voice and will come equipped with all the tools to avoid these issues and circumnavigate them if they arise.
Kayvan is a certified Workshopper Master who uses a Design Thinking approach to solve all kinds of problems for businesses, nonprofits and teams. His approach is different and drives results because:
Let’s chat about how a workshop might solve a problem for your team?