I have been through four strategic planning processes in the past, and this is the first that is still valuable 6 months after the planning. We are actually following up on our actions and not just spinning our wheels.
— Scott S., key leadership team member

action-focused strategic planning™

Most strategic planning begins with a well-intentioned desire to provide clarity and alignment to the organization’s efforts over time. And sadly, many strategic plans end up gathering dust on a shelf while people struggle with what’s happening day-to-day. When strategic planning is successful, it is through ownership.  Being part of the process of creating the plan harnesses people’s passion and commitment to making it come to reality. We provide the processes, tools, and environment for your leaders and team to create the future they need and want.

Each team and situation is different, so we don’t have a set process we squeeze you and your people into. Instead, we start by helping you define the outcomes you most need from the process, then collaboratively design a customized process to get you there as quickly and painlessly as possible. Some components we often include in the process include:

Whether you and your team are investing 3 days or 18 months in the process, our goal is to provide just enough structure and support to maximize your team’s ownership of the plan while minimizing the time spent creating it.

What you can expect to get

  • Clear success criteria your organization can use to navigate the challenges ahead
  • Joint and individual understanding of where the organization needs to go and what’s next
  • Full commitment by people involved that positively infects the rest of the organization
  • Support that strengthens leaders in their roles and builds stronger teams
  • Organizational self-confidence to adjust the plan as needed to adapt to emerging realities

This program includes work with organization leadership and key stakeholders, through facilitated meetings, hands-on work sessions, and stakeholder interactive feedback sessions.  Typical team sizes range from 5-15 for the central leadership team, and usually involves larger groups for coordination and feedback.

Optionally we offer additional support managing all the steps and coordination required to complete the strategic plan, as well as professional writing, editing, and communication expertise to help make your message as clear, concise, and powerful as needed for your organization.


Please contact us to see if this program is right for your organization. We are committed to doing what’s best for our clients’ success, and our exploratory conversations are always free.

Work you have done with us in the past continues to help us with our strategic planning and prioritizing annually. Thank you. You are making a difference with the gifting and tools God has given you and that you are stewarding responsibly.
— Doug Dwyer, DreamMaker Bath & Kitchen
[To other CEOs:] I am not sure how you make and implement strategic decisions for your company but if you have a process I would encourage you to review your activities with Chris to see if he can help. If you do not have a process I would recommend you work with Chris to implement a process. You should not need to bear the full burden to make and implement the challenging decisions you are facing.
— Bob LeFort, Ember Corp
More important, I think, was just Chris’ personal attention to what we needed... we met numerous times prior to the board meeting retreat. He wanted to get to know me; he wanted get to know the board; he wanted get to know our organization and what we are all about, so that he could facilitate this strategic planning with some confidence that he knew what we were about. And so he deliberately spent time with us, which was really an important thing, I think, prior to the board retreat.
— Scoot Crandall, Team Fort Collins
As a non-profit children’s theatre established 15 years ago, we were in a rut. We are now excited and invigorated by seeing our company, and the role we play in this community, with renewed vision. The expertise of the Trebuchet Group contributed enormously in guiding us through this journey. Chris Hutchinson has the talent to focus in on issues and keep groups on track. The system he presents allows the freedom of uncontained expression where no ones’ concerns or ideas are edited, discounted, or discussed to the point of bogging down the forward progress of the whole. Instead the structure embraces these ideas and defines them into doable, specific, attainable goals.
— Lee Osterhout-Kaplan, Debut Theatre