Time and again, the Center's founders saw plans and projects collapse because of unrecognized misunderstandings about terms and practices. So they created a set of 1-page tools (The GM's Toolkit) that use a common language (The GM's Index of Terms) so everyone can work together. Beside solving the problem at hand, this builds a lasting culture of collaboration.
Our strategic planning facilitation incorporates four of the Center’s tools: 5-Year Look, Competitor Grid, Trends Outline and the Goal Tree. It follows a process called Question-Based Planning, because it begins with "question discovery," a structured 2-hour session in which planners get all their questions on the table, and then prioritize them.
QBP can be completed in five 2-hour meetings over two months, with no retreats or big binders (here is the short book), and answers the three core questions of leadership: