Strategic Planning

The short-term day-to-day challenges can cause decision-makers to lose perspective on what is needed for the long run.

A lack of consensus within the Executive Team and the Board about which strategic path to follow represents a considerable risk to companies and causes confusion and conflict all the way down from leadership to the operations.

While ambition is important, our belief is that its translation into a clear and balanced plan is equally as important in order to guarantee that the company evolves in the right direction. Otherwise potentially good strategic insights and ideas go to waste.

Such a plan must make evident which are the fundamental projects that the company needs, the KPIs to track, the governance methods to keep the plan on track, and the capabilities that are required in order to develop it.

We address Strategic Planning in a pragmatic manner, facilitating decision-making, building consensus, and translating the ambition into feasible initiatives.

1.Bring together, evaluate, and prioritize multiple perspectives to assess paths available, results, and risk:There is no “right or wrong” in strategic planning, it depends on the ambition of the company, and we believe that our clients know their business better than anyone else. From the outset, we work with you to determine the decision-making process and co-creation method which best involves the management and board.

2.Translate strategy into concrete actions that are tailored, implementable, and traceable:We help design a strategic roadmap with associated financial modeling which outlines a coherent set of projects, governance methods, KPIs, and expected results that address the company-specific challenges and desired milestones.

What are the benefits?

Increased alignment and ownership regarding strategic decisions among the leadership team.Deep understanding of the company’s opportunities and external factors can impact the next cycle. Widened strategic view and fresh stimulus through access to external experts, leaders, and benchmarks.

Definition of a clear value proposition and achievable ambition for the cycle. Assessment of the capabilities needed to accomplish the ambition. Clear strategic pillars and tactical initiatives set to translate the aspiration into a robust plan. Creation of a feasible strategic roadmap, with clarity of the main gates and financial implications for the cycle.

Integration’s method is based on a co-creation process with our clients focused on generating alignment and momentum.

Strategic planning is a widely used term that can elicit multiple interpretations and differences in points of view. For us, Strategic Planning should be a pragmatic process of assessing strategic paths and actions focused on the midterm horizon, usually ranging from 3 to 5 years depending on the sector and the client’s context.

We believe in this practical horizon and do not indulge in futurology exercises, involving long-term market projections. Long-term megatrends are important to serve as a background for the strategic thinking process, but we believe in planning moves that can concretely affect the company life in the next 5 years.