Have you wondered who is behind the conference? You’d like to know more about the people behind the event but this may be the first time you are coming across a gathering of minds like this one. This brief introduction should help.
My name is Francis Wade and I am the founder of Framework Consulting, the company behind the conference. We’ve been around since 1993 and have been helping companies create strategic plans since 2002. I’m also the author of a bi-weekly strategy and productivity column for the Jamaica Sunday Gleaner’s business section.
Before ever leading my first planning retreat I spent part of my career with McKinsey & Co as a hired hand. My role? To help train new managers to become better coaches as part of Engagement Managers’ Basics. I also joined a few teams serving the firm’s clients on transformation projects.
During my decade of involvement, I saw the difficulty McKinsey had with their problem-solving approach which rarely involved giving clients “the secret sauce.” But the truth is, most companies can’t afford the fees of a top-notch consulting firm. They need to do their planning on their own steam.
In that context, I came across the Strategy Mapping article by Robert Kaplan and David Norton just as it was published in 2001. It provided an important missing link for executives who needed to communicate complex ideas to employees who weren’t used to thinking in strategic terms. I trialed the idea with a few willing clients and a new approach was born using this new tool as part of our arsenal.
Two decades later, we still facilitate strategic planning sessions. Our job is to help leadership teams make the most difficult decisions about the future of their companies…even with limited data. Today we also deliver and facilitate online meetings, but the challenge remains.
As the world struggles to shake off the effects of Covid, a recession, and a new period of armed conflict, we want to think beyond these distractions. The business landscape for the world’s companies has changed more in the past two years than in the prior 20 years. Or 30.
As such, the purpose of this conference is to equip you, as a leader, with the tools needed to craft strategic plans that produce a game changing effect. Why? Getting past the chaos and uncertainty that has reigned supreme takes more than mere defense.
It requires a smart offense.
Our region’s organizations have the raw material i.e. brainpower to produce breakthroughs. However, this takes courage and confidence, in addition to the ideas we’ll share at the conference. Together, we’re sure to make the most of this downturn and become the ones who instigate disruption in our industries worldwide.
Decisive measures make the biggest difference in dark times.
Join me and the rest of my team in two days intended to really move the needle on our ambitions.