Simplified Strategy Planning Strategists
Competitive Strategy
Strategy Implementation

Since 1981 the Center for Simplified Strategic Planning has provided client organizations the tools and leadership required to obtain superior strategic results. We are strategists with a strict focus on competitive strategy and strategy implementation for the mid-sized company. We wrote the book on strategic planning for the small to mid-sized company – Simplified Strategic Planning: A No-Nonsense Guide For Busy People Who Want Results Fast!

 We are preeminently qualified to help you attain substantially stronger competitive positioning and improved completion of strategic initiatives.  We understand intimately the special needs, resources and capabilities of mid-sized companies — be they  stand-alone enterprises or subsidiaries.  We have positioned our organization to understand the unique challenges typically faced by our clients in installing systems and practices necessary to support the organization’s future success.  We have used our skills to lead thousands of companies worldwide through both successful strategy planning and successful strategy implementation. Here are five points that differentiate us in the marketplace:

  • Our thousands of clients worldwide achieve real results with clear plans, accountability, resource allocation and control.  They have collectively added over a billion dollars to their earnings.
  • Our process has been refined over our 38 years of experience.
  • Our professionals not only have many years of strategy consulting experience but also hands on experience in senior executive positions.
  • We only do strategy work, and we are very good at it.
  • We focus on competitive strategy – beating or (better yet) avoiding competition and strategy implementation.

Our work with clients is built around our proprietary planning process: Simplified Strategic Planning.  It 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 for results.

We do not tell you the prescribed strategy for your organization. We stimulate good strategic thinking and lead your team along a logical path that will allow you to discover and communicate your unique vision of the future and to take the steps necessary to turn that vision into realty. It is the unique combination of our process expertise combined with your team’s knowledge that will produce a strategy which will set you apart from your peers.

What you should expect when you use competent strategic planners

  • You will sharply focus your efforts on what is most important to your future success.
  • You will improve tomorrow’s results through efficient and effective strategic management.
  • You will take control of your destiny by establishing a lean, effective strategy process that fits your business.
  • You will reach and stretch for higher levels of attainment.
  • You will deal with rapidly changing developments that will confront your business in the coming years.
  • You will translate the company vision into personal involvement and alignment for your employees.
  • You will generate motivation, enthusiasm and commitment.
  • You will achieve your highest potential.
  • You will accomplish all of this without interfering with the conduct of your business.

Why you should choose the Center for Simplified Strategic Planning for your strategy consulting firm

  • Strategic planning consulting is what we do – it is all we do.
  • We focus on developing your competitive strategy – how to beat or (better yet) avoid competition.
  • We also emphasize strategy execution with clear plans, resource allocation, accountability and control.
  • We have both a depth and breadth of experience. Indeed, we have codified the strategic planning process.
  • We have developed a vast library of strategy concepts which is at our command.
  • We can customize the process to your exact requirements.
  • All of our consultants are full time strategists.
  • They have extensive executive level hands-on experience and strong academic degrees.
  • They have led strategic planning in hundreds of companies worldwide and have a wealth of strategy insights.
  • They are strategist who know how to stimulate your strategic thinking.
  • They ask the right questions. 
  • They know how to bore down to the heart of the issue.
  • They understand the many strategic management pitfalls and how to avoid them.
  • They will bring you leading edge strategic planning and proven methodology to assure success.
  • They are uniquely qualified to help you:
    1. attain a stronger market position
    2. identify and obtain the information you need
    3. identify and measure your key success factors
    4. identify and exploit your unique Strategic Competencies
    5. make valid assumptions
    6. select and develop your best opportunities
    7. protect your company from potential threats
    8. select an appropriate strategic focus
    9. allocate your resources to meet your objectives
    10. align and energize your organization to make it all happen.

Over 1,000 Satisfied Clients

A Few Testimonials

"The Simplified Strategic Planning process...provides a solid theoretical approach that is applied in a very 'real world' down-to-earth manner. The program does an excellent job of providing a defined framework for the planning process without turning it into a mechanistic 'fill out the form' exercise. The framework helped us make sure that we were identifying and analyzing the key issues; it did not do our thinking for us. Finally, I felt the emphasis on the development of specific objectives and action plans are the keys to ensuring that strategic planning isn't just an interesting annual exercise that subsequently collects dust on a bookshelf. I know the strategic plan we produced will make a major difference in the performance of our business."
Roger A Carolin, President and CEO, CFM Technologies, Inc.

"Using Simplified Strategic Planning, VPI tripled sales over 5 years. It has helped us identify opportunities, better understand our markets, and focus our resources to attain the business results we has contributed in a significant way to VPI achieving our growth and profit objectives."
T. Godfrey Mackenzie, Vice President, Vinyl Plastics, Inc.

"What we accomplished...was unprecedented in our company's history...we have defined a consensus among the top management as to what kind of a company we will be for the next five years. Establishing this shared vision and the means to achieve it would not have been possible without strategic planning. This process is extremely well organized and compelling while allowing the special human attributes of our organization to flourish."
Harris C. Footer, President and CEO, Easy Day Manufacturing Company

Simplified Strategic Planning provided us a straightforward process that helped our already successful organization set a much clearer direction for the future."
Ed Engle, Jr., President, Rima Manufacturing Company

"A system that is very well honed. Important for those who are serious about planning but need to make every second count."
Dean Arnold, V.P. of Public Operations, Kenco Group, Inc.

"Our company is just completing its 2nd cycle of Simplified Strategic Planning. We are expanding the process to additional divisions for the 3rd cycle."
Scott Christensen, Project Manager, Hormel Foods

"Simplified Strategic Planning provides a logical and timeless framework for analyzing our industry, our company's place in it, and the goals we need to meet in order to achieve our strategic objectives. Using this process for three years, we have doubled our sales volume and have also doubled our operating profit percentages."
G. Alex Bernhardt, Sr., Chairman and CEO, Bernhardt Furniture Company

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David Hagman
President & CEO
Vista International Packaging

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.

Let us help you build a better future.  

Robert Bradford

President and CEO
Waterbury, Vermont

Denise Harrison

Senior Consultant
Wilmington, North Carolina

Dana Baldwin

Senior Strategist
Ada, Michigan

Tom Ambler

Senior Consultant
Naperville, Illinois