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Strategic Staying Power Workshop:
an in-house strategy tune-up

Ann Arbor, MI (PRWEB) 8 May 2009

Strategic Staying Power is a new one-day in-house workshop specifically designed for companies that have a strategic plan that is not performing.

According to Center for Simplified Strategic Planning's President, Robert W. Bradford, "Your business climate has just changed fundamentally and dramatically. Your industry is entering a new era in which a shakeout and industry realignment are serious possibilities. The emerging environment for your business will not be what it was in the past. It has now become critically important that you step back and completely re-examine your strategic plan. Are your working assumptions still valid? Should you reposition your product offerings and target markets? Are financial, physical or organizational changes required? If your strategic planning is not delivering outstanding results, it needs a tune-up. The economic downturn is no excuse. This program is perfect for companies with strategic plans that are underperforming. The purpose of the workshop is to unlock the powerful competencies already present in your company."

The session will analyze areas of the strategic plan that are weak and provide a checklist of required improvements. It will go over the key elements of the existing strategy, giving specific feedback and recommendations that will help develop new, more profitable ways to think strategically about the business.

For additional information about the one-day Strategic Staying Power in-house workshop visit http://www.cssp.com/strategic-staying-power/

About Center for Simplified Strategic Planning

Since 1981, Center for Simplified Strategic Planning has provided client companies the strategic planning tools and leadership required to obtain superior strategic results in good times and in bad. We understand the challenges typically faced by our clients in the strategy formulation and implementation necessary to support growth, while maintaining day to day operations.

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Contact:
Robert W. Bradford, President and CEO
Center for Simplified Strategic Planning
734-665-2971

http://www.cssp.com


Simplified Strategic Planning for Small to Mid-Sized Companies:
a two-day seminar from Michigan State University

Simplified Strategic Planning for Small to Mid-Sized Companies, a two-day seminar will be held in cities across the U.S. in spring of 2009.

Ann Arbor, MI 10 April 2009

Poor strategic planning is worse than no strategic planning. It is a big waste of time and money. Even worse, it can lead to disaster. All of this can be avoided with Simplified Strategic Planning - a time-tested methodology expressly designed for small to mid-sized companies. This process builds strategic competency and focus for superior performance without great expense. The Simplified Strategic Planning Seminar from Michigan State University teaches this step-by-step methodology - complete with the Simplified Strategic Planning Manual.

According to Center for Simplified Strategic Planning's President Robert Bradford, "Your business climate has just changed dramatically. In order to survive your industry's looming shakeout and to thrive in the ultimate economic recovery, it is necessary to step back and take fresh look at your strategic plan. Review how your external environmental factors are changing: particularly markets, competition, regulation and the economy. Review your internal situation: particularly profitability analysis. Challenge all your working assumptions: particularly your industry scenario and winner's profile. Rethink your strategic issues."

"Whether you've been doing strategic planning for years or starting from scratch, you can acquire a streamlined process for developing and implementing your strategy. In just two days, you will have learned this time-tested methodology, which has produced outstanding results for thousands of seminar participants from a wide variety of business types."

For dates, locations, FAQs, seminar outline, presenter information, testimonials, a sample of recent attendees and registration about the two-day seminar on Simplified Strategic Planning for Small to Mid-Sized Companies visit https://www.cssp.com/seminars

About the presenters:

Robert W. Bradford is a nationally acclaimed strategy authority who blends a rare combination of broad knowledge and humorous insight to produce workshops that are lively and practical at the same time. A master trainer, he has spent the last twenty years converting management theory into real-life application. Most clients engage Robert again and again to learn from his ever-growing experience in strategy that works today. Robert always stimulates great strategic thinking and leaves the attendees with practical, "how-to" steps they can immediately apply.

Dana Baldwin's many years of management experience as President, CEO and Chairman of a mid-sized company, plus leading the acquisition of a line of business and heading a new company startup have given him the insight and vision to stimulate strategic thinking in his clients. Over a decade of working with clients and teaching seminars has honed his knowledge and ability to cut to the issues, invoking humor where appropriate and still keeping the participants on task. Seminar attendees give him top marks.

Denise Harrison has been a successful strategy catalyst for over twenty years. She understands tough situations and envisions solutions in a variety of environments. As President of a $50 million financial services firm, Denise significantly enhanced profitability and reduced cycle time by 60%. As President of a division of a Fortune 500 company, she successfully planned and developed the corporation's international expansion. Her clients include manufacturers ranging from specialty chemicals to computer storage devices, and services organizations ranging from insurance to software developers.

About Center for Simplified Strategic Planning:

Since 1981, Center for Simplified Strategic Planning has provided clients the strategic planning tools and leadership required to obtain superior strategic results. We understand the challenges typically faced by our clients in installing systems and practices necessary to support growth, while maintaining day to day operations.

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Contact:
Robert W. Bradford, President and CEO
Center for Simplified Strategic Planning
734-665-2971

http://www.cssp.com


Acquisition Strategy Planning Workshop:
The Essentials of Acquisition Strategy

The Acquisition Strategy Planning Workshop for executives who are thinking about making acquisitions is to be conducted in Orlando, Florida on 4/22/09.

Ann Arbor, MI 3 April 2009

Acquisition Strategy Planning Workshop, a full day workshop will be conducted by Center for Simplified Strategic Planning's President Robert W. Bradford.

The purpose of this workshop is to equip the participants with the basic essential tools for developing a solid strategic foundation for acquisitions.

The key to making acquisitions work is knowing -

  1. When to pursue acquisitions
  2. When not to acquire
  3. Who should and should not be targeted
  4. How to integrate the acquired company after the banks and advisors have made their money and gone home

According to Bradford, "If you are considering an acquisition to help grow your business, it would be well worth your while to learn the things that the 'experts' in banks and accounting or acquisition consulting firms won't tell you. You see, most players in the mergers and acquisitions market only make money when you make a deal - and the easier the deal, the better - for them. For your company, however, the best deal might not be any deal or it might not be the easiest deal.

When you start looking to do acquisitions, it's a lot easier to get people to tell you to say 'yes' than to say 'no'. But sometimes, no is the right answer. This workshop will give you tools for spotting poor strategic and cultural fit, as well as the basic economics of bad acquisitions. It will also cover the most common warning signs of a poor acquisition target - and how to spot them before you make an offer."

Strategic Acquisition Planning Workshop

  1. Does an acquisition make sense?
  2. Who should we acquire?
  3. Who should we not acquire?
  4. The acquisition team
  5. Strategic acquisition valuation
  6. Deciding not to acquire
  7. Acquisition courtship
  8. We've made the acquisition - now what?
  9. Getting the most out of the acquisition
  10. Making the acquisition work long-term

For additional information about the teleseminar series on Acquisition Strategy visit http://acquisitionplanningworkshop.cssp.com

About Bradford:

Robert Bradford is a nationally acclaimed strategy authority, CEO of the Center for Simplified Strategic Planning and author of the best-selling book, Simplified Strategic Planning. Over the past 20 years, Robert has worked with hundreds of companies by stimulating great strategic thinking. A nationally acclaimed speaker, Robert's seminars are engaging, full of great tips and entertainment and build on years of real-world strategic decisions. Seminar participants describe him as brilliant, funny and thought provoking.

About Center for Simplified Strategic Planning

Since 1981, Center for Simplified Strategic Planning has provided client companies the strategic planning tools and leadership required to obtain superior strategic results. We understand the challenges typically faced by our clients in installing systems and practices necessary to support growth, while maintaining day to day operations.

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Contact:
Robert W. Bradford, Chairman
Center for Simplified Strategic Planning
734-665-2971

http://www.cssp.com


Strategy Tune-Up Workshop

Business as usual will no longer work.

Strategy Tune-Up, a 1 day workshop for senior executives will be held in Geneva, Switzerland on 4/17/09 & Chicago, Illinois on 5/6/09.

Ann Arbor, MI 31 March 2009

Center for Simplified Strategic Planning's President Robert Bradford and Senior Consultant Dana Baldwin, two of America's top strategy experts for mid-sized companies, will conduct a one-day, Strategy Tune-Up workshop. It is intended for senior executives and business owners who are having difficulty with their strategic planning, either because of the sharp economic downturn or because of flaws in their strategic planning. Robert Bradford conducts the workshop in Geneva, Switzerland on April 17th, 2009 and Dana Baldwin conducts it in Chicago, Illinois on May 6th, 2009.

Bradford and Baldwin will go over the key elements in the workshop participants' strategic plans, giving specific feedback and recommendations that lead to new, more profitable ways to think strategically about their businesses. Every attending company gets at least an hour in the "hot seat", addressing some of the most difficult but powerful concepts in strategic thinking. Because so much time is devoted to each company, attendance is limited to five companies - but each company may bring up to five people.

According to Bradford, "If your strategy is not delivering outstanding results, it needs a tune-up. The economic downturn is no excuse. Most CEOs and Presidents of mid-market companies in every sector agree that refining strategic focus improves profitability on a sustainable basis. This program is perfect for companies with strategic plans that are underperforming. The purpose of the workshop is to unlock the powerful competencies already present in your company."

For additional information about the one-day Strategy Tune-Up workshop visit
https://www.cssp.com/StrategyTuneUp

About Bradford and Baldwin:

Robert W. Bradford is a nationally acclaimed strategy authority who blends a rare combination of broad knowledge and humorous insight to produce workshops that are lively and practical at the same time. A master trainer, he has spent the last twenty years converting management theory into real-life application. Most clients engage Robert again and again to learn from his ever-growing experience in strategy that works today. Robert always stimulates great strategic thinking and leaves the clients with practical, "how-to" steps they can immediately apply. Robert's workshops are built upon years of real-world strategic decisions.

Dana Baldwin's many years of management experience as President, CEO and Chairman of a mid-sized company, plus leading the acquisition of a line of business and heading a green-field startup of a new company have given him the insight and vision to stimulate logical, strategic thinking in his clients. Over a decade of working with clients and teaching workshops has honed his knowledge and ability to cut to the issues, invoking humor where appropriate and still keeping the participants on task. His easy manner allows everyone to be engaged while his attention to detail keeps them focused. His workshop attendees give him top marks and his clients appreciate his ability to keep the participants working effectively to produce top notch plans that work for the companies.

Many companies pay Robert and Dana thousands of dollars for a few hours of insightful probing, because of the great strategic thinking they stimulate. At only $495 per person (or $990 per company) this Strategy Tune-Up Workshop is a special value.

About Center for Simplified Strategic Planning

Since 1981, the Center for Simplified Strategic Planning has provided client companies the strategic planning tools and leadership required to obtain superior strategic results. We understand the challenges typically faced by our clients in installing systems and practices necessary to support growth, while maintaining day to day operations.

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Contact:
Robert W. Bradford, President and CEO
Center for Simplified Strategic Planning

734-665-2971
http://www.cssp.com


Strategies for Turbulent Times Workshop

What every business leader needs to know to succeed today and tomorrow...

Strategies for Turbulent Times, a one-day workshop for senior management executives will be held in Alexandria, VA on 3/27/09 & Troy, MI on 5/20/09.

Ann Arbor, MI (PRWEB) 16 February 2009

Center for Simplified Strategic Planning's turnaround specialist Denise Harrison will conduct a one-day workshop, Strategies for Turbulent Times. The workshop is intended for senior executives and business owners and will be conducted in Alexandria VA on March 27th, 2009 and Troy, MI on May 20th, 2009. Harrison will explore ways and means to navigate through the shoals of the economic collapse. There will also be a webinar on February 24th, 2009.

According to Harrison, "The economic recovery will not support a 'business as usual' approach.Every aspect of your external business environment will be directly and heavily impacted.Markets will change, as will the behavior of customers, prospective customers an competitors."

The purpose of the workshop is to position the participants for successful navigation of the shoals of the economic collapse. Harrison will put the current trends into historical perspective and then look at creative solutions for addressing the pitfalls and opportunities of the emerging business climate. She will challenge working assumptions and demonstrate and methodology for identifying, clarifying and resolving strategic issues.

For additional information about the one-day workshop on Strategies for Turbulent Times visit http://www.cssp.com/strategic-staying-power

About Harrison:

Harrison's experience includes Senior Executive positions at a Fortune 500 company, President of a financial services firm and over a decade of working with clients as Vice President of the Center for Simplified Strategic Planning.

Contact:

Elizabeth Tidd, Seminar Coordinator

Center for Simplified Strategic Planning

734-995-3465

http://www.cssp.com


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