Give us the tools, and we will finish the job! - Winston Churchill
Good managers ask great questions: Planning should be begin with "question discovery," where everyone poses questions and the facilitation rule is: no answers allowed. Agreeing on your top 6 questions is 90% of success. Use The GMs Index to make sure no one person or perspective dominates. Read the book.
Standards-Based training model: Instead of trying to tell you what to do, we train you in the four 1-page planning tools from the GMs Toolkit, including the Goal Tree. This toolset helps you answer the core questions of leadership:
- Why are we doing this?
- Where are we going?
- How are we going to get there?
The Goal Tree (sample)
- Direction and priorities at a glance
- Clear lines of delegation, accountability
- Shows everyone how they fit together
The tools in The GMs Toolkit can be used for different kinds of analyses:
- Risk Assessment
- Cost/Benefit Analysis
- Operational Self-Audit
- Integration Checklist
- Project Resource Allocation
- Competitor Analysis
Our succession and development plans ensure continuity in growth throughout the business--it's not just for the CEO. These plans fill the gap between management abilities and capacity today and what's needed to fulfill the strategic plan. It anticipates new skills and knowledge as well as planned and unplanned retirements and vacancies.
Strategic facility planning
A major facility project forces decisions about almost every management issue: marketing, staffing, finance, systems and operations. Our Integrated Facility Planning model has helped CEOs build business cases for hospitals, offices, factories, schools and even a bratwurst plant.