Failure rates for strategic planning are in the 70% to 90% range

– Kaplan & Norton
The Strategy Focused Organization

Are you done with strategic plans that collect dust?

Are you fed up with major change initiatives that flounder?

Are you ready to yell “No more!” to chronic underperformance?

You’ve come to the right place

We work with committed CEOs and their top teams to turn ambition into strategy, and strategy into reality. Together, we institute the structure and discipline of our Strategic Management System. This isn’t just theory. This is reality grounded in our expertise and over 20 years of successful experience.

Because the goal isn’t to develop a plan. The goal is to produce results.

What Our Clients Say

Michael’s rigorous strategic process, zeal for execution, and deep practical insights, helped drive our company’s most rapid expansion ever.

Steve Patterson

CEO, Central Valley

It’s amazing how Michael got us focused on our customers, our employees, and execution. Our EBITDA increased by over 50%. Best of all, the changes were sustainable.

Riyaz Devji

CEO, North American Tea & Coffee

Michael was invaluable in helping us create a culture of innovation. He skillfully helped us navigate both the technical side and the people side of change.

Kari Prevost

COO, H.G. Fenton

We had too many initiatives and we were poor at execution. Michael did an outstanding job of helping us create the focus and discipline that propelled our growth.

Kevin McElroy

CEO, Nuheat Industries

We had more strategic changes in one year working with Michael than in the previous five years combined. Without him we would have been stuck on the same plateau.

Cody Sudmeier

Principal, Agility Solutions

Strategic Management System

The Strategic Management System™ is built around a continuous four-step process:
Assess, Position, Plan, and Implement.

Click on each part of the model below to see more detail.


With the Strategic Management System we help you turn ambition into strategy, and strategy into reality. More importantly, you will have the processes, structure, tools and discipline to create a permanent inflection point in the life of your organization.


In the assess phase we use various methods to collect hard and soft data. We then conduct targeted exercises so, collectively, we can develop a clear understanding of three landscapes: the industry landscape, the macro landscape, and the internal landscape. With this context established, we can insightfully answer the question, ‘WHY must we change?’


In the position phase we avoid the failings of the typical mission and vision statements and instead develop clear, concise and compelling positioning statements that capture what you do, what makes you desirably different, and what you aspire to achieve.


In the plan phase you will learn why you shouldn’t pursue a sustainable competitive advantage, why a compelling value proposition isn’t your ultimate goal, why most so-called plans are nothing more than lists, and why most plans are designed to fail. Equipped with this knowledge, we will then develop a smart plan that outlines the focused few ‘must-do’s’.


The implement phase is when most plans, projects, and initiatives fail. Yet this is when the Strategic Management System TM shines. We work with you to comprehensively put in place the critical processes and structure to Make Strategy Happen. We focus on three critical areas of implementation: organizational alignment, commitment building, and execution management.

Instituting the Strategic Management System™ we help you turn ambition into strategy and strategy into reality.

Consulting Clients

(Partial List)

Agility Solutions

Associated Brands

Canstar Restorations

Caravel Investments

Central Motive Power

Central Valley

City of Bend

Commercial Partners Title

Energy Central

Englert Inc.


EPIC Advisors

Gulfshore Insurance

H.G. Fenton

Indiana University

Inspired Lending

Levelton Consulting

Mazzella Lifting Technologies

Millenium Hotels

North American Tea & Coffee


Picosecond Pulse Labs

Point Eight Power

Richfield Hospitality

Sun Rich Fresh Foods

The Redco Group

Triton Management Group


World Duty Free Group