Our Approach

Blue Summit is known for its creative collaboration style of working, our state-of-the-art visual tools and processes, and our integration of the disciplines of strategy and leadership into what we call strategic leadership.

We believe that effective planning requires 6 processes to be working well.  Like a chain that is only as strong as its weakest link, planning in an organization is only as strong as the weakest of these processes.  We regularly help clients develop some or all of these processes:

  1. Establishing a group with the power and teamwork to lead
  2. Understanding the big picture and the issues that drive the need for change
  3. Creating a clear vision and strategy collaboratively
  4. Communicating the new vision and strategy
  5. Leading and tracking high-performance implementation
  6. Regular review and renewal of the vision and strategy

We work from a new paradigm of how people plan and lead organizations. By working with us, you can help develop or reinforce this new paradigm in your company.

Old Paradigm New Paradigm
Top-down & hierarchy Teamwork & collaboration
Dictatorial leadership Authentic & consensus leadership
Focus on competition & market share Focus on creating value
Vague vision statements Inspiring, clear, concrete visions
Strategy reports and slide decks Visual maps
Decide with analytic mind Decide with mind, intuition, heart, and gut
Companies are purely profit-making entities Companies create social, personal, environmental, and financial value

We differentiate ourselves from most strategy consultants and facilitators by interweaving four themes in all the work we do:

Creative Collaboration. There is little doubt that engaging teams and groups in processes that are creative and collaborative generates more passion, productivity, and buy-in.  In our experience, there is a world of difference between a typical strategic plan and one created through a process that explicitly elicits the creativity and involvement of the people most responsible for implementing the plan.

Integral Approach. “Integral” means more balanced, comprehensive, interconnected, and whole. By using an Integral approach we can include more perspectives, in order to be more fully conscious and effective. For example, to work on a complex issue, we may need to include the inner experience and development of individuals, the current state and evolution of an organization’s culture, the systems and strategies of the business, and the environment or ecosystem the company operates in.

Sustainability. In this age, we can no longer ignore the long-term impacts of the way we do business.  Sustainable growth meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of futures generations to meet their own needs.  Another way to look at it is that it is the reconciliation of environmental, social, and economic demands.  At its most basic, sustainability is the capacity to endure.

Leadership Development. Great strategic leadership requires the development of personal and leadership qualities. We are well-versed in integrating and applying models of team performance and leadership development in our strategic planning work.

Next Step: Strategy Facilitation