Frequently asked questions

Strategic Planning

What is strategic planning?

A long term plan to handle major shifts in focus and in resource allocations that comes from an overall organizational view. Named after Strategos – the Greek word for a leader of an army that has the overall view of the battlefield. Strategic plannig can be made by outside consultants who specilaize in it but the most effective ones are made by the organization's managament team theselves, facilitated by a professional.

What is short term strategy?

In times of fast change strategies may change frequently. Hence short term strategy – quick shift of focus whilst navigating forward. The time-frame us usually 1-3 years with quarterly check-points to accommodate ongoing changes in the organization and the environment.

What is the difference between short term and long term planning?

Long term planning is always derived from vision and the wish to create an alternative reality. Short term planning is derived from the long term and creates milestones on the way to its achievement.

How to escalate a strategic plan?

Many startegic plans fails becaus they don't filter-down in the organization. In order to make sure that a strategic plan does not remain as slogans on the CEO's office wall it is crusial to: - involve the entire management team in preparing the plan - have a professional facilitator manage the process to ensure whole-herated participation and not just lip-service - have a process in place to present the plan to divisions/departments in the organization and create their own plans on how to implement it in line with their values and drivers.

Executive Coaching

What is executive coaching?

A joint work of a coach with an executive (the Coachee)in order to co-create the desired future results for that executive . Executive coaching has many disciplines, all focusing on the executive and the meeting point between them and the organizations’ needs and goals.

How to choose an executive coach?

Studies show that the key factors for choosing an executive coach are: -Experience in coaching executives - Proven results - Proven methodology It is advisable to find a coach that can measure the effectiveness of the coaching process in concrete terms.

Employee Engagement and Retention

What does engagement mean in the workplace?

Engagement is a new terminology in Organizational Development that describes: - the level of cohesion - participation and contribution of an employee in their work place - the level of employees' enthusiasm and immersion in their jobs

How do you define employee engagement?

You define employee engagement in terms of employees': - openness - caring - responsibility - accountabilit - contribution to their team or the organization.

How do you retain employees?

A fulfilling job, personal and professional development , and proper leadership retain employees. In short “people join organizations and leave managers”.

How do you increase employee retention?

- Increase the possibility of employees to fulfil themselves in their work - Train their managers to use coaching tools - Care about them and their career - Offer development and opportunities

How companies can prevent employees from leaving?

- Better leadership - Planned career paths - Real care about their well-being - Include them in the larger picture - Listen

What is the definition of career planning?

A the step by step career development of a person in an organization in a way that will suit their talents and wishes on the one hand, and the organization needs on the other hand

Why do you need a career plan?

Career plan is needed for employee retention and for the best leverage of employee’s talents in accordance with the organization needs

Manager as Coach

How do you coach an employee?

You coach employees through short, impactful conversations that relate to their performance, direction, engagement and how to overcome challenges. These are skills that can be used by managers in their daily routines and, with the right tools, don't require more time than usually dedicated by a manager to conversations with their dierct reports.

How to train managers to become coaches?

Managers cannot become full-time coaches. They do not have the time, skill or wish to do that. You can train managers to hold short impactful coaching conversations according to employee’s needs. We call it Water-Cooler-Coaching.


What are the qualities of a good team leader?

A good team leader is focused on tasks and on people in equal measures. They are results-oriented and empathetic at the same time. They provide direction and vision, help people overcome their limits and difficulties and can solve internal conflicts swiftly without creating resentment.

What are the responsibilities of a team leader?

Achieving the desired results on time, on budget, developing and empowering their people, representing the organization to its people and vice versa

How can you motivate your team members as a leader?

  1. Tap into their intrinsic motivational personal profiles

  2. Inspire them

  3. Give them vision and direction

  4. Encourage them

  5. Challenge them

  6. Show them that they can be greater than they believe

What is leadership training?

Equipping (would be) leaders with practical tools to turn their management style to leadership: how to coach on-the-job, how to provide feedback, how to motivate individuals or teams, how to engage employees etc.

What is leadership development

Creating a leadership culture in the organization, starting with the senior management team, through team leaders and all the way to the employees themselves.