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Strategy

Development, alignment/prioritization, and execution of corporate strategy

Is your company well positioned for maximum value creation?  Is the direction you have chosen sustainable, and will it allow you to continue growing?  Do your employees know and embrace your strategy?  At FortéONE, strategy is at the core of how we assist our clients.  Since our founding 17 years ago, we have helped hundreds of companies define and embrace strategies that improve profits and sustain growth.

Process

Many of our clients find themselves juggling a huge number of “priorities” and unable to identify those that are important. The solution is stepping back and developing a focused plan that puts the true priorities front and center. We have helped management teams across many industries build effective plans for their company in just a few days’ time. There is great power in aligning your people behind a direction they have helped author. More importantly, with a clear strategy, every decision can be weighed against how it helps achieve the plan.

Vision, Mission, Core Values and Long-Term Goal

  • Are there well-defined, long-term goals that serve as “true north” for decision making?

  • Why does the company exist? Are guiding principles shared with all stakeholders?

  • Have long-term (3 and 5 year) targets been established?

 

Well-defined and Implemented Strategies

  • Do all of the owners agree with the direction of the company? Has this strategy been shared with all levels of the organization?

  • Are your plans static, or do you adjust as the industry changes?

 

Focused Growth with Prioritized Resources

  • What are the top 3-5 actions to achieve growth objectives in the next 12 months?

  • Are resources available to accomplish these actions?

  • Do managers and employees “own” these priorities? Were they part of the authoring process?

 

The Outcome? A solid direction for growth that aligns long-term goals, competitive advantages, market opportunities, and resources.

Recent Engagements​

 

Food Manufacturer & Distributor, Regional Distribution
Firm had flat profits and unfocused strategy. We developed a plan that discontinued work in money losing acquisitions, expanded the markets for core products, and reduced seasonality of sales. Profit impact of $300k+.

National Engineering Services Provider

Two acquisitions had doubled the size and increased both complexity and geographic reach of the firm. Integration was not going well, profits were declining, and the CEO was struggling to adapt. We assisted the firm with integration implementation, pricing, firm strategy, leadership assessments, new organizational design, and cost to serve financials. Following some key leadership additions, the firm returned to historic profit levels.

Regional Trucking/Drayage Provider

Classic founders trap, owner had not developed or empowered a leadership team. He was working “in the business” and was the impediment to further growth. We identified the change and priorities throughout the company to move him to the next level, and introduced a coach to assist him psychologically in making the transition.

FortéONE Team - Example Strategy Experts

C-level executive and interim leader with 25+ years’ experience in business services, manufacturing, and CPG; previous companies include: Areté Venture Associates, Quality Dining, Keystone Group, and Andersen Consulting

Strategically oriented and results-focused senior management executive and attorney with 30+ years ‘ experience  building and leading organizations; previous companies include: Sachnoff Weaver, Navigant Consulting, Blackman Kallick, and M.Holland

 

Strategy & operations leader with 30+ years’ experience  in business services and consulting; previous companies include: Kodak, Accenture, Deloitte, Canyon Management, and Crossroads.
 

Contact us today to learn more about our services and how we can help you and your company with Strategy.