Business & Executive Coaching

Strategic Thinking

Ensuring future business success starts with thinking strategically and having a plan to execute against to make it happen. Strategic planning is perhaps best described as the process of thinking about and envisioning the future you desire, and the growth you have to realize to turn that desire into reality. It also includes a process by which you analyze your strengths and weaknesses, and the strengths and weaknesses of your business, products/services, and the strengths and weaknesses of your competitors.

Our strategic thinking and business planning methodology focuses on defining your business vision and creating goals to execute against to ensure the future growth of the business. Our process provides a format for developing specific strategies, converting those strategies into a business plan, and establishing measurable and attainable organizational goals. It is a process that involves not only determining where a company wants and needs to go, but also how it is going to get there. It is here that we help you bridge the gap between strategy and execution.

Results accomplished with HHP's Strategic Thinking & Planning process:

  • Business values defined and sustained
  • Increased focus on attracting, servicing and retaining customers
  • Synergy among organizational departments or operating groups - working toward achievement of common goals
  • Improved resource allocation
  • Increased business
  • Improved cash flow
  • Identification of new business opportunities

Strategy = the ongoing process of asking

“Where?”
(Our best understanding of the future market and our place in it.)
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“Why?”
(A compelling reason to make the journey.)
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“How?”
(The roadmap for getting there, including the competencies we will need to succeed.)
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“When?”
(A timeline for making it happen and a means to measure our progress along the way.)
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A willingness to ask for help

Global Organization Consulting

As the Executive V.P. of Human Resources located in Paris, I had the functional leadership challenge of evolving an existing HR organization into an international team capable of meeting the professional challenges of a changing French global manufacturing business.

Based on the initial geographical challenges we faced, I engaged Norm Gauthier to provide organizational consulting support in the U.S. I knew he was someone I could work with and trust, especially in working remotely with me from Europe. His experience, allowed him to quickly assess what we had, the major challenges we faced, and helped identify step by step what needed to be done. He also helped define the needs in terms of skills and competencies required in building an effective international HR presence.

He used his business consulting experience and knowledge of HR practice to carefully focus on individual and collective development 'gaps' creating conditions that allowed team members to take risks, experience new roles and ...in the end take on more of a leadership position. During this change management process, he took on individual and team coaching assignments in support of several organizational initiatives. He also developed several international train-the-trainer development modules, linking each to the staged development and roll-out of critical management tools.

Results of the work… we now have a worldwide HR organization that uses the same processes and tools despite their location in the world, which is rare for a Global company. Our HR members are recognized by Business Unit management as professionals they involve early in the change process to provide advice and counsel. And, with the focus on developing leadership and accountability at the operational HR management level, the team now exercises a different level of problem solving and collaboration that requires less leadership time and involvement in decision making.

An outstanding work quality that is very effective…Norman respects the fine line between the 'decision maker' and the team - thus creating a challenging environment for the boss and a safe environment for the team to take on initiatives and risk - learning conditions that we needed.

J. Dekker,
Executive V.P., Human Resources Sperian Protection

Executive Coaching & Consulting - Boston, MA

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