Putting this into Critical Context

The single aim of this program is to prepare the best possible response to the exam question that has been set. That question is not one that can be answered in two days so there is already a lot underway and we continue to need engagement and input.

Working Collaboratively

It's impossible to over emphasise the value gained from being able to collaborate throughout the program. The most effective way of doing that - and giving everyone a chance to contribute - is to make use of online tools that allow us to sustain conversations, share activities, communicate important informations and connect as and when we want.

ONE: We’ve Been Designing The Questions And Conversations

The Exam Question frames everything we will do together. It has informed the questions we’ve already asked. It’s created the questions that will drive the conversations we will have. These questions will unleash the opportunities that we will surface and will be explored.

We sympathise and it’s human behavior to want to jump straight to the answer. We often feel compelled to offer opinion to what we should surely understand, or why there are challenges. We know that conversations like the ones we will have will bring much value and greater insight to everyone.

TWO: We’re Testing The Anchoring Question

The Exam Question will trigger immediate reactions. That is exactly what it is supposed to do. It will surface emotions and they will play out through each of the conversations. We will we come at these conversations and take every question into account.

THREE: We’re Undertaking Some Initial Analysis

We’ve started the process of understanding different perspectives through initial questions. Three questionnaires have been circulated, each to a specific audience. Responses are now coming through and being assessed for clues that will help us with further questioning and information gathering.

FOUR: We’re Testing Our Assumptions

When we started the engagement we made some assumptions as to what would be necessary to reach a good outcome. These were shared in the initial discussion document. (((Add link))). As we learn more and more and build a more detailed context we have revisited these assumptions - which shape the activities required for this program.

Our latest assumption is here (((new image)))

A Word On Our Dependencies

At this stage it's impossible for us to say how much will be achieved over the course of the engagement - or to what degree. As always it depends on a number of things:

  • The strength of the current vision and strategy

  • The capacity of the team to engage in discussions and information sharing

  • The quality of the discussions we have

  • The commitment of leaders to act on information and conclusions

Explaining Our Role

Our job is to help you get the best answer to the question. We do this by using a variety of assessment techniques. These are ‘tools’ to help you to think about your challenges and make well reasoned decisions.

Think of these as ‘frameworks’ that stimulate quality conversation and challenge the team to push their thinking further than usual. In this forthcoming session these are visually created in a live format through our impartial facilitation.

Through these frameworks (and any visual stimulus that we create) we will introduce critical topics that we believe are key to answering your exam question.

By the time we are with you in Detroit we hope to have developed a fairly comprehensive picture of the bank. That picture will start to give us insights into culture, ambition, expectations and capabilities.

In this image are all of the activities that are necessary to go from vision to an executable strategy. They won't all be achieved in a workshop and they don't all need Group Partners to facilitate action.

We will be encouraging FIB to embrace the frameworks as tools that help to sustain the work we do together.