Strategic Consulting |

By: The Futures Academy  05/12/2011
Keywords: strategic planning, Strategic Consulting

Strategic Consulting

The increasing pace, extent and complexity of change means that decision-making and planning are done in environment of high uncertainty. At The Futures Academy, we believe that time and effort spent on strategic thinking prior to strategic planning ultimately pays enormous dividends in terms of discovering, exploring and evaluating possible, probable and preferable futures. Our Strategic Consulting services and research, designed around specific client needs, aim to facilitate the strategic thinking processes and provide insights for development of visions, strategies and plans and to inform decisions.

Amongst others, our services include:

  • Environmental Scanning: the detection and analysis of existing and emerging trends that may have significant influence on the issue/organisation in question.
  • Strategic Conversations: in-depth interviews with people within the organisation and external actors and experts to gain an understanding of the mental model and the culture of the organisation, the context within which it operates and their implications for the future.
  • Path Finding: the identification of the future direction for organisation through the use of appropriate futures approaches.
  • Futures Questionnaires: specifically designed future-oriented survey used for multiple tasks, from the identification of more general trends and drivers to insights into specific issue.

Methodology for each project is tailored to address specific client’s needs and requirements. Preliminary consultations are used to define what the approaches we use can and cannot achieve and to explore how they fit together with client’s expectations.

Keywords: Strategic Consulting, strategic planning

Other products and services from The Futures Academy


Futures Workshops |

Participants are carefully guided through a rigorous process that opens up, directs and structures their thinking about the future of the issue in question. Futures Workshops are one of the most effective and powerful methods for the exploration of the future in a short intense time-frame. The generic framework of workshops is adapted to suit the purpose of an exercise and to fulfil clients’ specific needs.


Training |

The workshops aim to introduce the participants to the main concepts of futures thinking, develop a theoretical understanding of scenario building process and provide the participants with practical skills that could be utilised independently in the future.


Scenario Planning |

Our aim is not only to provide an organisation with a set of alternative scenarios and other tangible research outcomes, but also to embed an innovative way of thinking about the future and develop a new capacity to deal with change within the client organisation. Cork, Galway, Dublin and others) and countries, as well as for specific sectors or issues, such as real estate and property sector and workplace futures.


Speakers |

The future of Ireland, urban and spatial development, sustainability, future of property and real estate and futures concepts and methodologies. A number of members of The Futures Academy do talks and presentations based on the work carried out by the Academy and their own research. Engaging and challenging speakers are a great way to inspire and influence people’s thinking and perceptions about the future.