Should you rely on internal or external strategy experts? Part 3: How to combine them for best results

How to work with internal and external strategy consultants

Strategic planning and the related tasks can be challenging activities for any organization – small or large. Some are large enough to have a team of internal strategy experts. Others rely on external consultants. This part of my article series discusses how to make the best choice between internal and external strategy experts and how […]

Should you rely on internal or external strategy experts? Part 2: The pros and cons of external strategy consultants

Pros and cons of external strategy consultants

Strategic planning and the related tasks can be challenging activities for any organization – small or large. Some are large enough to have a team of internal strategy experts. Others rely on external consultants. This part of my article series discusses the advantages and downsides of external strategy consultants.

Should you rely on internal or external strategy experts? Part 1: The important role of in-house strategy experts

Pros and cons of internal and external strategy experts

Strategic planning and the related tasks can be challenging activities for any organization – small or large. Some are large enough to have a team of internal strategy experts. Others rely on external consultants. Other options are to delegate strategy-related tasks to a member of the management team or to skip it at all (which […]

The many faces of the strategist

A strategist has many roles and many faces

The job description of a professional strategic planning manager or a strategist is manifold. Similarly, expectations on the strategist are diverse. It seems as if almost anybody has his own unique idea of the traits, tasks, and responsibilities of a strategist. Not surprisingly, these many facets are fairly contradictory. Hence, a strategist is torn between […]

How to position yourself as the central corporate strategic planner – Part 2

How you can build acceptance and credibility as a strategic planner As a corporate strategist in a central function your success depends on the organizations cooperation. The key is that everybody slightly involved in strategy making has to accept you as the central instance. You have to build trust and credibility. In part 1 of […]

How to position yourself as the central corporate strategic planner – Part 1

Why credibility, trust and acceptance are the key success factors for the corporate strategic planner and why they are so hard to gain You’ve got the job of your dreams. Or: You’ve been assigned the task. Or: You’ve been struggling with this task for some time without any progress. You are responsible for your company’s […]