The Need for Speed
Ask participants to outline key opportunities and challenges before the strategy sessions begin.
Ban cell phones and BlackBerrys and keep breaks to a minimum.
3.Watch the Clock
Set time limits for goal-setting exercises--but refuse to adjourn meetings until a consensus is reached.
McFarland conducts sessions bare-foot, and livens proceedings by showing clips from films like Caddyshack.
5.Keep At It
The first 48 hours are only the beginning. Strategic goals should be revisited every 90 days.
Strategic planning is time-consuming and labor-intensive, right? Not necessarily. One consultant says he can craft a bold new action plan in just 48 hours.
Darren Dahl is a contributing editor at Inc. magazine, which he has written for since 2004. He also works as a collaborative writer and editor and has partnered with several high-profile authors. Dahl lives in Asheville, North Carolina.