The Executive Guide to Facilitating Strategy

The Executive Guide to Facilitating Strategy

by Michael Wilkinson

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Far too often, people experience strategic planning as a wasted activity—painful, unproductive, and irrelevant to the issues at hand. And once planning is done, the product usually gets put on a shelf, never to be looked at again.

The Executive Guide to Facilitating Strategy delivers the Drivers Model, a powerful tool to help you facilitate your organization through the development of a strategic plan from start to finish, whether you lead a corporation, government agency, non-profit organization, business unit, department, or team. The Drivers Model is a simple but dynamic process that covers the seven key principles for masterful planning, from thoroughly identifying critical issues to establishing a rigorous process for driving successful implementation.
You’ll also discover –
• The 10 common planning pitfalls and how to avoid them;
• How to facilitate your team through mission and vision creation;
• Strategies for setting measurable targets and deciding priorities;
• How to use critical success factors and barriers to focus your plan;
• Techniques for moving your values from a plaque on the wall to serving as a guide for decision-making every day; and
• A process for monitoring progress and promoting positive accountability.

The book is chock-full of tools and techniques and includes over 400 examples of mission statements, goals, guiding principles, strategies, agendas, and process checklists. Experienced practitioners will especially like the quality checks included for each component of the plan so that you can be sure that what you create is effective and thorough.

In summary, The Executive Guide to Facilitating Strategy guides you in your role as an effective facilitator of change by providing you a proven framework that you can use immediately in just about any kind of planning you may need to do.

Early Praise for The Effective Guide to Facilitating Strategy

“Great facilitation produces real commitment to solving problems and to advancing your organization. That’s why we put special emphasis on the Drivers Model as we train our next generation of leaders. This book is like having an executive MBA program in facilitating strategy at your disposal. Michael
Wilkinson is a master facilitator and a world-class teacher.”
—Mark O’Connell, Director, Advanced Leadership Program, United Way Movement
“As the leading CEO membership organization in the world, we know firsthand that when it comes to meeting tough challenges or realizing high aspirations for your business, a solid strategic framework is an invaluable asset. The Drivers Model will get you where you want to go!”
—Ruby L. Randall, President and Chief Operating Officer, Vistage International, Inc.
“I’ve used the Drivers Model in my role as the chief human resources officer for two organizations. Whether you’re in an established Fortune 500 company, an entrepreneurial startup, an organization experiencing a major turn-around or a high growth business, this executive guide provides a road map for developing an effective strategic plan while building the alignment and commitment needed for successful execution.”
—Sylvia Taylor, Executive Vice President, The Weather Channel, LLC
“After our U.S. operation used Michael and his team to guide them through strategy using the Drivers Model, we were so impressed that we have had him facilitate strategy with our Canadian division and our foreign name plate subsidiary. Comprehensive planning and focused execution has made a difference.”
—Richard G. Roy, President and CEO, Uni-Select Inc.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940044685444
Publisher: Michael Wilkinson
Publication date: 06/13/2012
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Certified Master Facilitator, Named “Facilitator of the Year” 2003 by SEAF

"In my career, I've seen many, many facilitators. He is the best.”

“He is hands down the most talented facilitator with whom I have ever worked.”

Comments like these are worth noting, especially when they come from Len Roberts, the former CEO of RadioShack, and Brian Gallagher, the CEO of the United Way Worldwide.

Mr. Wilkinson is the Managing Director of Leadership Strategies, Inc. – the leadership training and strategy consulting firm specializing in group facilitation. He is considered a national leader in the facilitation industry.

• Author of The Secrets of Facilitation, The Secrets to Masterful Meetings, and The Executive Guide to Facilitating Strategy.
• Board member of the International Institute for Facilitation.
• Founder of the National Facilitator Database.
• One of the first five Certified Master Facilitators in North America.
• Named Facilitator of the Year in 2003 by the Southeast Association of Facilitators.

Active in both the private and public sectors, he has provided leadership training and strategy development assistance to such diverse organizations as The Coca-Cola Company, Unisys, Sears, EPA, CDC, the Georgia Society of Association Executives, and the United Way.

Mr. Wilkinson is a much sought after facilitator, trainer and speaker, both in the U.S. and around the globe. He has completed international assignments in Bangkok, Brisbane, Glasgow, Hamburg, Helsinki, Hong Kong, Istanbul, London, Melbourne, Milan, the Netherlands, Oxford, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Sydney and Wellington. Past participants have commented that his dynamic presentation style, combined with his unique insights, make for an intense, power-packed session.

Prior to Leadership Strategies, Mr. Wilkinson spent six years with ADP and eight years in the information technology practice of Ernst & Young's Manage¬ment Consulting Group. He is a High Honors graduate from Dartmouth and resides with his wife and two children in Atlanta, Georgia.

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