ARTICLES BY STRATEGIC OFFSITES GROUP

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Off-Sites That Work
Harvard Business Review

It is the rare management team that realizes the potential of its strategy offsites. In this seminal article, we distill a set of best practices that businesses can use to make the most of these extraordinary opportunities for alignment.

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Leadership Summits That Work
Harvard Business Review

In this sequel to “Off-Sites That Work”, Bob and Cary provide a practical approach for maximizing the value of organizations’ annual leadership gatherings. By thinking about communication flows, roles and responsibilities, interaction techniques, and best practices in meeting design, these critical sessions can begin to achieve their full potential.

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Who Really Makes the Big Decisions in Your Company?
Harvard Business Review

Not every top executive is in the CEO’s inner circle. But kitchen cabinets and executive committees are both essential.

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When Teams Can’t Decide
Harvard Business Review

The inability of senior teams to align around critical decisions can frequently be traced to issues of structure or process.

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Critical Conversations That Reset How Your Organization Manages Initiatives
Balanced Scorecard Report

To give your strategy a fighting chance of success, you must be able to do two things supremely well: prioritize strategic initiatives and integrate them for maximum impact. But even in the best-run organizations, these tasks are often difficult and frustrating.

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Your Management Team as “Mission Control”
BUSINESSWEEK

At times, you want members of your senior team to look at things purely from the perspectives of their unique functions.

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Health Summit Failed? Blame Bad Meeting Design
The Wall Street Journal

These nine mistakes doomed the meeting from the start.

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Meetings: How Many People Should Be in the Room?
businessweek

To ensure an effective meeting, the number of attendees should align with the desired outcome.

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Myths that Undermine Decision-Making
BusinessWeek

Most of the problems executive teams face is rooted not in their psyches, but in widespread myths about the teams themselves.

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A Refreshing Change: Vision Statements That Make Sense
Fortune

A good vision captures what’s happening to the world you compete in and what you want to do about it. It should serve as a guide for decisions up, down and across the organization.

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Keeping Off-Sites on Target
CFO

Off-site strategy meetings can be expensive, but if done right, they can generate significant returns.

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How to Make Off-Sites Pay Off
Inc. Magazine

While off-site meetings can be an excellent way to remove your team from their daily routines, they sometimes leave attendees feeling frustrated and confused. This article summarizes what to do before, during, and after an off-site to maximize its productivity and effectiveness.

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Decades-long retainer relationship at the CEO and CFO level including critical aspects of organization design, strategy development, executive team alignment, and meeting design.

Brought together sales, product, and other parts of this company to set joint priorities and allocate resources.

Partnered with the CEO and his executive team to develop a five-year vision.

Helped a division develop and implement a set of coordinated processes across multiple geographic locations and organizational units.

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