Small Group Work

Michael specializes in conducting small strategy and brainstorming sessions, with groups ranging from five to 50, as well as virtual presentations.  He has worked with sectors ranging from banking and insurance to media, telecommunications, software, manufacturing, consumer goods and retail.

Most often Michael works with directors or C-suite executives, in a half-day session. The work begins with Michael’s in-depth research on the client and sector, usually involving interviews with key executives. The product is a highly-customized presentation from Michael, along with custom scenarios that realistically describe potential futures. These in turn lead to directed discussions and work to identify the key issues the team needs to address in the years ahead.

Michael brings multiple skills to this process. His work as an award-winning journalist for Newsweek, The Washington Post and The New York Times gives his research and analysis weight and clarity. His experience as a moderator and interviewer helps him encourage lively dialogue and insight from all participants. His writing skills produce scenarios that are realistic and compelling. And his extemporaneous ability to synthesize the key elements of a discussion means that clients go away with a real sense of progress.

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