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Q1. What is so special about The Argenti Process?

We have developed our process over a forty year period. It is based on the experiences of thousands of organisations distilled into a five stage process that works time after time.

Key Features of The Argenti System itself

  • A step by step guide for the CEO on each stage of the process including specimen meeting schedules and agendas
  • A step by step guide for the facilitator (internal or external) at each stage of the process including such detail as choosing the best venues for the meetings, the number and frequency of briefing sessions, processing data, communications
  • A comprehensive case study showing typical inputs and outputs at each of the five stages of the process
  • A comprehensive glossary of hints and suggestions reflecting decades of experience in successful strategic planning around the world
  • Free email support from John Argenti and his team of associates

Q2. How long will the process take?

A small organisation, with up to 100 employees and a turnover of about $20m, might need to meet 4 to 6 times for half a day each spread over a period of a few weeks. A medium sized organization may have to meet 6 to 8 times. A Group with 1000 employees could take a few months to complete the 10 or more meetings. Do not rush this exercise! The very destiny of your organization depends upon it.

Q3. What are the five stages?

The process starts with ‘Stage 1 - The Start’ where the Argenti System suggests to the CEO who he or she should select for the planning team. The Facilitator then leads the CEO and his or her team through ‘Stage 2 - Corporate Aims’, where they define exactly what their organization is supposed to be doing for whom - and how much would be satisfactory. The team is then joined by other executives to identify the 'SWOTs' in Stage 3 followed by Stage 4 where the strategies are determined. Stage 5 completes the process with Action Plans and the essential Monitoring System.

Q4. What do we get for our money?

Not only is the process extremely detailed - our long, worldwide experience has taught us many lessons - but it is explained in plain English without the usual management jargon and advanced mathematics - which, of course we tried and which, of course, let us down because, as we painfully discovered long ago, the world is not like that. But, in addition to the Argenti System itself you can employ one of our experienced Argenti Facilitators to take you through the process.

Q5. All organizations are different/unique, how can your process meet the needs of all of them?

Because all organizations are the same! All organizations consist of groups of people working to achieve a single aim - to deliver a specific benefit to specific 'Intended Beneficiaries'. Executives need to know who these people are, what they want from the organization and how much of this benefit is satisfactory and not satisfactory. Once that is known the management then need to make use of their strengths and the opportunities before them to devise a set of strategies that will deliver the benefit required. To take account of the detailed differences in various types of organization The Argenti System comes in 4 versions (See Purchase) for small, medium and large companies and for NPOs. The Argenti Facilitators are familiar with all versions.

Q6. Is strategic planning really necessary or relevant in a fast changing world?

The whole point of strategic planning (as opposed to the short term varieties of planning like Business Planning or Budgeting) is to make sure that the top, overall design of your organization is suitable and relevant for the world as it changes over the next few years. To do this you have to look well ahead to give your organization time to make the big changes to its basic structures and processes. But there is a slight problem here - you cannot forecast the future! No, but that is where strategic planning differs from those other types; in The Argenti System you will be shown how to make forecasts and plans which include, and take account of, your uncertainties about the future.

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