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CEO Blog Nation: “Secrets from a Facilitator: Planning an Effective Strategy Process”

by | Aug 4, 2021 | In the News

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On CEO Blog Nation, Karla Raines illuminates three tips for leading a successful strategy retreat. These tips involve clear communication and understanding the limitations of your event schedule and facilitator. Read more in “Secrets from a Facilitator: Planning an Effective Strategy Process.”


The first quarter of 2021 is in the rearview mirror, and you can see the year speeding up with each passing week. It’s time to prepare for your 2022 strategy process. The unprecedented nature of last year and the beginning of 2021 remind us that the usual approaches won’t do when complexity and uncertainty continue to shape the future. Who would have envisioned the GameStop mania or the Suez Canal freighter blockage?

I’ve facilitated hundreds of retreats and strategy processes over the years. My advice for 2021?

  1. Clarify expectations.
  2. Understand retreat limitations.
  3. Consider your facilitator.

This piece has been published in full on CEO Blog Nation. Read it here.


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