by bringing the right tools to bear at the right time typically
adds ten times the value to a knOwhere® driven event relative
to a typical meeting. Improved group dynamics and enhanced
commitment produced in the event persist long after, multiplying
the value of the event several times simply by eliminating
barriers to action and accelerating implementation.
report that the knOwhere experience is guiding while being
wide-ranging; focused while being holistic; fast paced while
being relaxed; energizing while being productive. They participate
with a sense of freedom to be, think and act themselves; they
forge lasting new relationships with team members grounded
in shared perspectives and commitments. They leave with a
confidence that the solution is theirs and achievable; they
leave ready for action, with a sense of competence that they
have taken the full measure of complexity in their work and
have developed a superb solution in which they won't be stung
by unintended consequences.
by developing strong working alliances across organizational
borders. knOwhere events are scalable. Low-cost events can
be held for small projects in which only hundreds of thousands
of dollars are at stake in supply chain optimizing; full events
or series of events can be designed for large projects with
tens of millions at stake. Either way, the benefit of knOwhere
engagement is many times the cost.
more on small project events...
AND EXECUTING A MERGER.
A three-day Designshop® Process is the perfect event to
bring, employees, customers, suppliers, and other key constituencies
of both companies together with advising bankers, lawyers,
and consultants to jointly develop a compelling business case
for the merger. By satisfying multiple agendas, high momentum
is created and the chances of a successful combination escalates.
Continuing one-on-one dialog with the corporate leadership
accountable for the merger ensures Group Genius is created,
rather than destroyed, by the merger. Effective, synergistic
relationshipsmare developed among key departments. Multimedia
products document results.. A permanent, knOwhere-style customer
on-site facility for hosting the merger project team is available
to ensure continued success.
on merger based events...
AND EXECUTING A SPINOUT.
Develop the optimal business model for the spin out, map the
key projects, and launch action in a three-day Designshop®.
This combined with a Wiring Organizations for Success Workshop(sm)
produces a complete design for operating the new organization.
The core of the organization is housed in a CyberCenter, into
which key information flows efficiently and is displayed evocatively.
CyberCenters contain workspace, communications links, and
processes so that the right people milk the greatest value
from that information and devise/test and define creative
STRONG WORKING ALLIANCES
across organizational borders. The three-day Designshop is
optimal for bringing diverse constituencies together to create
and commit to common, mutually beneficial goals that will
accomplish multiple agendas in complex situations.
IMPACT SALES / MARKETING EVENTS.
When companies wish to really get inside their customers heads,
they design and host events that effectively surface customer
needs and concerns, strongly deliver key messages about their
own products and services, and jointly design and test high-value
solutions that result in committed sales.
knOwhere's one or two-day Radar Screens or three-day Weak
Signal® Research Processes are designed to scan and interpret
world events from diverse viewpoints and in context with the
whole system of causes and effects. Both these events develop
action plans to help the participant's organization anticipate
possible futures and act to create the desired impacts. knOwhere
offers regular Radar Screens and/or Weak Signal Research sessions
to its associates, focused on topics of widespread interest
and importance to the group. In addition, a company may sponsor
an event of this type focused on its own interests, seeded
with diverse viewpoints, skills, and experience from knOwhere's
network of critical thinkers and doers.
more on Weak Signal Research...
OVERALL ORGANIZATIONAL STRATEGY.
Develop a robust strategy in the face of complex, fast changing
business environments. The strategy of the event-recursive
cycles of scan/focus/act -is designed to identify critical
information, interpret it from diverse perspectives, formulate
strategies, and test them for fitness. The customer take-away
is a complete strategy, including a comprehensive action plan
for implementation. As implementation proceeds and results
are generated, customers return for shorter sessions to learn
from the results and iterate ever more effective action plans.
Organizations faced with stark choices in uncertain environments
test the alternatives rigorously against multiple perspectives
and agendas. For example, a major international mining company
faced with a decision to hold, advance, or abandon a technically
superb project in a politically unstable country prepared
multiple scenarios for the future of the country, then brought
their key technical, financial, risk management, and commercial
people together with key executives to examine the alternatives
from all perspectives, map the consequences of each choice,
and formulate a low-cost action plan that maximized chance
of success across the broadest range of scenarios.
DESIGN AND OPTIMIZATION.
Complicated projects with diverse inputs, parallel or
sequenced activity, and high impact can benefit from a one
or two-day event focused on optimization. By gathering all
key players and working together to squeeze every wasted day
and dollar safely out of the project plan and launch it with
widespread enthusiasm and high velocity. The team then periodically
reassembles to track its progress, iterate further improvements,
or refocus on critical deliverables. In a multimillion dollar
project, where each day lost to delay means thousands or millions
of dollars a day in extra cost or forgone revenue, the investment
of a couple of days and the cost of a two-day Zoomtrax®
Process generates high return.
More on ZoomTrax Processes...
OF NEW TERRITORY.
Companies faced with rapidly changing business conditions
they need to thoroughly understand if they intend to thrive
may engage knOwhere in a Walkabout. Walkabouts are designed
as learning journeys during which the customers people visit
diverse organizations, locations and people critical to the
understanding of the new territory. They gather priceless
direct experience of what is coming at them. They are facilitated
in applying their Group Genius to interpreting the implications
for their own organization. And they return home in action
applying their new wisdom to generating maximum advantage
going forward. knOwhere's Palo Alto location is superbly located
to host walkabouts exploring the New Economy and technology
advances. In addition, more logistically complicated events
can be designed to explore any topic.
knOwhere has advanced others...
A NEW HEADQUARTERS.
Companies typically build new headquarters when they undergo
a state-change-rapid growth, major acquisition or divestment,
windfall success, or new strategy. A DesignShop helps the
company evaluate just what has happened during that state-change
and evaluate the likely consequences for future headquarters
needs. A Wiring Organizations for Success Workshop helps the
company build a facility customized for optimal delivery of
its new strategy using Group Genius principles. Out of a total
facility cost of millions or tens of millions, the additional
cost to design and build this optimized core environment is
an Organization for Success...