TFC Executive Sessions

 

Beware of one-size-fits-all, packaged designs. Your challenges are unique to your company and team. Buying from a vendor is like purchasing the same size shoe for every member of your team. Remember, if the shoe is going to fit, it must be designed for the foot which will wear it.

TFC executive sessions are designed specifically for your company, team and the challenges you are facing. We use a ten-step process to guarantee that our programs will help you and your team meet those challenges.

  • Defining the Challenges: Our first step is to assemble a TFC team. We draw from our people based on your company, its stage of growth, business base, history, current situation and prospects. That team meets with yours. Our mutual objective is to define the challenges that the executive session will address, identify those who will participate in the efforts, agree on a clear set of objectives and metrics and establish a close working relationship between your team and ours. Our objective is to develop a clear and concise definition of the objectives of the session.

  • Researching the Solutions: We study your operation – get to know your people – and research the challenges they are facing. This allows us to develop a program which is directly relevant and highly useful to your people. Rather than an academic discourse, our sessions are focused on the real challenges that are being experienced by real people on your team. During this part of the process we work to make sure that the session will closely fit the needs of your company and team.

  • Designing the Session: Once we have defined the challenges and researched the solutions, we begin the design phase. We break the process down into scheduling, resourcing, participants, duration, follow-on and metrics. The last of these is one of the distinguishing characteristics of The Federal Circle’s executive sessions. Most consultants and event organizers will consider their job done when the event is over. At TFC we believe that the most important part of the process comes after the event.

  • Developing the Program: The session design is only a precursor to fleshing out the actual program. Many issues need to be addressed such as venue, duration, organization, materials, contributions and coordination.

  • Resourcing the Session: Well run executive sessions require a range of people making coordinated contributions. Meeting those needs is far more important that arranging funding.

A typical design phase will take from two to four weeks depending on availability of your team members. Next we turn to running the session.

  • Marketing the Session: It may seem like a somewhat strange idea – marketing the session to members of your own team – but we have found that that is exactly what is required. The TFC team produces and distributes information on the upcoming executive session. Our objective is to develop both a broad understanding of the program and a buy-in by key members of your team. Often this will require small group meetings. We want to have your team eagerly anticipating the session before it begins.

  • Identifying and Developing Thought Leaders: Most of our executive sessions focus on major changes. Such change is very difficult to achieve and sustain. TFC believes that, well before the session opens, it is important to identify the thought leaders who will forge these changes into reality. Once identified, our team works with them and helps them prepare for the executive session.

  • Organizing the Session: It is the small things that often make the difference between success and failure. Our experience is that attention to detail is one of the things that makes for a great session.

  • Facilitating the Session: Key members of the TFC team will be present during the session. We act as facilitators and honest brokers. Our objective is to rapidly identify ‘glitches’ – both scheduling and understanding – and smooth the way for a higher-value result.

  • Follow-On: Our engagement agreements provide for a continued involvement by the TFC team. We will measure progress against a set of prearranged  metrics and provide reports on the results being achieved.

Never make tomorrow’s journey using yesterday’s maps

 

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