Erica Olsen quite literally wrote the book on strategic planning – Strategic Planning Kit for Dummies, in fact.
As COO and co-founder of OnStrategy, Erica has dedicated the past fifteen years to growing OnStrategy’s with one goal in mind–help organizations from around the globe create and execute great strategy.
Erica’s expertise in strategic plan facilitation, strategy design, software development, and execution best practices have allowed her to influence the strategic growth of organizations like Patagonia, Microsoft, the City and County of San Francisco, and OnProcess Technology just to name a few.
Erica graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a B.A. in Journalism and went on to complete her M.B.A. focused in International Management at the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Erica is an avid outdoor adventurist, spending much of her time in the mountains hiking, skiing, biking, and water skiing.
It’s nearly the end of the year and times are tough-how is your business’ performance? If you are similar to the majority of business owners, managers and executive directors, you’d probably like to be further along towards accomplishing the goals in your strategic plan. A strategic plan provides a business with the roadmap it needs to pursue a specific strategic direction and set of performance goals, deliver customer value, and be successful. However, this is just a plan; it doesn’t guarantee that the desired performance is reached any more than having a roadmap guarantees the traveler arrives at the desired destination.
That is where the art of execution comes in. Learn how to keep the momentum of your strategic plan alive through helping yourself and your team make the right decisions faster. Remember-success (or failure) is the sum total of your daily decisions. Whether you have a strategic plan or not, this session will provide you with practical tools to boost your business performance.
Day One: Strategic Planning 101 – Learn the system that keeps CEO’s and all-star managers on track all year
When it comes time for review, will you hit your numbers? Will you have achieved your key initiatives? If you are similar to the majority of business owners, managers and executive directors, you’d probably like to be further along towards accomplishing your goals. Participants will learn a one-day strategic planning process that will guide you in developing a workable plan for your organization. The result is to get everyone in your organization pulling in the same strategic direction.
Are you looking to expand your services or skills to your toolkit? How about a new title? By thinking about yourself as “Outsourced Chief Strategy Officers,” you can not only add more value to your clients’ businesses, you become an invaluable and indispensible resource. Why? Because you are taking on a position that is growing across corporate America, but that many businesses cannot afford to bring in house. Come learn how you’re the perfect fit and how to move from a transaction to a strategic relationship with your clients.
Participants will move into the role as the outsourced Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) by understanding the key activities of this position and how to apply them to any engagement. Whether you are strategic planning, process planning, project planning, or all of the above, you will learn how to apply strategic thinking and results as if you were an in-house CSO. (Think this is only for the Fortune 100 – think again!)
The workshop objectives are: