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Essential Strategy© Training Series

Strategy, Risk, & Resilience

3-Hour Session + 3-Hour Workshop

We’re now offering Essential Strategy© sessions and workshops over the course of the year to make our approach more accessible to you and your team! Join us one Friday a month at the Fireweed Business Center to learn how to create a balanced approach to mission, growth, and survival within your organization, department or function, or to just gain a better understanding of risk and strategy!


Fireweed Business Center
725 E Fireweed Ln
Anchorage, AK 99503

Essential Strategy; An integrated, balanced approach to strategy/risk/resilience that balances organizational Purpose, Growth and Survival within the organization.

The Essential Strategy Core Series is a set of courses that teach a simplified yet holistic approach for the integration of strategy/risk/resilience competencies. Strategy is simply a plan. Risk is simply uncertainty. Resilience is the outcome of the resulting balance between risk and strategy. These are not independent concepts – they are parts of a larger whole and are inexorably tangled up when we talk about creating organizational success at any level.

The argument for Essential Strategy:

  1. Strategy design is more robust when we identify and incorporate the right risk perspectives this is not just SWOT!
  2. Risk is more focused, efficient and meaningful when we align with strategic priorities this is what we really mean by enterprise risk.
  3. Resilience is only had when we understand what the organization needs in order to thrive risk and strategy feed this, but it also requires a deep understanding of purpose.

These concepts may feel intuitive to a seasoned leader, but it is easier said than done. Inefficient decision processes, divergent risk perspectives, unanticipated impact to strategic goals and frequent or radical course adjustments are indicative of internal systems that are misaligned and lack focus. There are critical elements of strategy and risk programming that must flow across the entire organization and be understood with equal clarity by all contributing to the function of the entity. When we identify these “mission critical” threads, we then are able to trace them through and prioritize them above others. The issues described above exist at the functional management level as well, just on a smaller scale. Alignment within the organization can never be accomplished from a single point. Find clear direction from the top that establishes a system and framework that can be used function by function, department by department and subsidiary by subsidiary in order to create alignment up, down and across the organization. This is a better way. This is Essential Strategy.


One Full Day
This price is for a full day (session + workshop) of your choice, including any course materials.

Bundle Series
This price is for 10 full days + one free day of your choice, including any course materials.

Course Schedule

March 13, 2020

9:00 a.m. Essential Strategy: Creating a Balanced Approach to Mission, Growth & Survival 

April 3, 2020
9:00 a.m. Strategic Planning I: Process Foundation

May 22, 2020 
9:00 a.m. Strategic Planning II: Gap Assessing & Performance Improvement 

June 19, 2020
9:00 a.m. Defining Risk Appetite through KPIs and KRIs

July 17, 2020
9:00 a.m. Creating Strategic Prioritization through Defining Mission Critical

August 14, 2020
9:00 a.m. Defining Vision, Mission & Purpose

October 16, 2020
9:00 a.m. Designing for & Protecting the Growth Cycle

November 14, 2020
9:00 a.m. Building a Resilient Organization

December 11, 2020
9:00 a.m. Risk & Resilience I: Foundation & Efficient Application in Business


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