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Announcing Facilitate Strategy Sessions

 

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Executive Strategy Sessions with Emotions, Theory, and Practical Application

Strategy sessions are essential to a growing company. It’s not easy to keep your team focused and efficient while the horizon changes daily. Your brain is a pattern recognition machine. It’s almost impossible to explore new ideas, find new conclusions, and discover opportunities when surrounded by the trappings of your daily grind.

You need a change of environment to breath fresh air, wake up your brain and change your view.

Wizard Academy Facilitated Strategy Sessions allow you to stride into that adventure with an experienced and gracious guide. We will walk with you and your team through guided sessions focused on your needs and your team.

Our strategy sessions are broken into three parts: “The Airing of Grievances”,If We Only Had a Wheelbarrow”, and “More like Guidelines”.

“The Airing of Grievances” give your team the chance to air frustrations about things that are broken in the company, systems that aren’t working, or conflicts that is keeping them from accomplishing goals. We keep it short, focused on the things and events instead of people, and we end it with a burning ceremony where we all agree to move forward. This includes a mutual agreement that they will not be brought up the following day. That evening is followed with dinner and wine.

The first half of day two is called, “If We Only Had a Wheelbarrow.” It is focused on getting a full understanding of the company, complications, solutions, and mission parameters of growth and change.

We approach this in four categories:

What is broken that needs to be fixed
What are the proposed solutions and improvements
What is working perfectly and can’t be changed
 What are the potential disaster scenarios

Finish the day with a strategy session we call “More like Guidelines”. Create measurable and incremental steps towards our agreed upon goals.

Throughout this entire day, a Wizard Academy facilitator will keep you on track, prevent rabbit trails and soapboxes, and ensure that everyone on the team is heard.

Your meeting will travel the campus grounds while indulging in small rituals that help the team maintain a sense of wonder and adventure.

Prior to the meeting, we will send out materials you can use to prepare your team for the day. After the meeting, we will follow up with material that keeps your team on track.

What’s Included?

Officially included in your bi-annual sessions are:

An Academy facilitator
Up to 8 fully furnished rooms on campus for one night
Dinner the night you arrive on campus
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner the second day
Wine, beer, whiskey, snacks, treats, and refreshments

The 3 Step Overview

One: Airing of grievances

            Discuss all the things that were frustrating, hindering, and problematic in the last year of the business. Air them, be heard, and burn them to move on.

Two: If We Only Had a Wheelbarrow

What is broken that needs to be fixed
What are the proposed solutions and improvements
What is working perfectly and can’t be changed
 What are the potential disaster scenarios

Three: More Like Guidelines

            What are the measurable next steps and how will we track and know if they are succeeding or failing?

What’s The Cost?

The cost is $30,000 for two sessions per year – $15,000 each – to be scheduled at the beginning of each year.

This can be either paid in one annual fee or in monthly payments.

If you’re already Wizard Academy alumnus, the alumni discount applies! That takes the cost to $15,000 for two sessions per year paid annually or monthly. Just make sure you use the “alumni” coupon code during checkout.

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Tower Update #1 – Daniel Tells a Story and Introduces a Friend

Things Mentioned in This Video:

In this episode, Daniel tells the story of the Old Man and the Sea (and accidentally says John Steinbeck instead of Earnest Hemingway).

We also talk about the upcoming 2017 reunion on October 7th with special guest, Virginia Postrel. You can find more info about her here: https://vpostrel.com/

You can sign up for the reunion here: http://www.wizardacademy.org/product/2017-academy-reunion-october-7th/

We also introduce you to Aaron Konzelman, the new Dean of American Small Business Institute. Check out www.AmericanSmallBusinessInstitute.com

And we finish by talking about the Hoots & Thomas Coffee Bar! Find our more about Hoots & Thomas here: http://hootsandthomas.com/