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About Center for Simplified Strategic Planning

Since 1981 Center for Simplified Strategic Planning has provided clients the tools and leadership required to obtain superior strategic results. We have with a strict focus on strategic planning services for small to mid-sized organization.

This focus allows us to understand intimately the special needs, resources and capabilities of this type of organization - be it a stand-alone enterprise or a subsidiary. We well understand the unique challenges typically faced by our clients in installing systems and practices necessary to support future success.

Here are five points that differentiate us:

  • We pioneered strategic planning for the small to mid-sized company in 1981.
  • We literally wrote the book on strategic planning for the small to mid-sized company.
  • Our process has been refined over our 30 years of experience and has been used by thousands of organizations.
  • Our proprietary process: Simplified Strategic Planning is a streamlined, hands-on methodology designed to ensure that course and direction are well thought out, and that the limited resources of the organization are sharply focused in support of that course and direction.
  • Our focus is solely on strategic planning, it is all we do and we are good at it.

Our central purpose is to focus our clients’ limited resources (time and money) on those things that will maximize their future success.

We do not tell clients the solution to their problems or the prescribed strategy for their organizations. We stimulate good strategic thinking and lead their management team along a logical path that will allow them to discover and communicate their unique vision of the future and to take the steps necessary to turn that vision into realty. It is this unique combination of our process and expertise and the clients' knowledge that produces a winning strategy. As Home Depot says, "You can do it. We can help."

In addition to leading clients through the development of their strategic plans, CSSP conducts a highly acclaimed strategic planning seminar for Michigan State University. These seminars have been offered in major cities across the country for over 30 years. CSSP consultants also speak at trade associations and professional organizations and author articles on strategic planning.

Strategists - not facilitators who do strategy

All of our consultants are full time executive strategists at the Center for Simplified Strategic Planning. They have years of executive experience and strategic planning consulting. So you are assured of working with a professional who has extensive hands-on experience at the executive level in leadership and strategic planning. In other words, someone who knows what it is like to walk in your shoes. They have strong academic degrees. They have used their experience to manage change and growth in hundreds of companies nationwide in a wide variety of industries and company sizes - from "mom & pop" to the world's largest corporation. They have an average of over 30 years experience in strategic planning and senior executive management. They stimulate good strategic thinking, challenge subjective thinking, foster collaboration, obtain balanced input, build consensus and develop commitment to implementation.

Our People - click on photo or name for bio and contact information

Robert Bradford Denise Harrison
Robert Bradford
President and CEO
Ann Arbor, MI
Denise Harrison
Senior Consultant
Wilmington, NC
Dana Baldwin Tom Ambler
Dana Baldwin
Senior Consultant
Ada, MI
Tom Ambler
Senior Consultant
Naperville, IL

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