Consulting ActivitiesConsulting Activities:
Developing a Planning Framework


To provide Top Executives of the client organization with a planning framework. I will assist you:

in a process that provides an articulated, clear, and agreed-upon vision of the future; that
sets guidelines and means to achieve goals and objectives; by
developing an agenda for an all-day session; that will
achieve the commitment and energy required to achieve that future; and
communicate with relevant stakeholders the results of the session.

I will help you examine the critical success factors in your business and reflect on the trends and driving forces that impact your organization. I will also analyze the organization and stakeholders for their needs and wants, both current and potential. As a result, you will identify the areas that need to change for better results. My approach is based on the following principles:

teams: The horizontal organization
empowerment: The vertical organization
innovation: The creative organization
benchmarking best practices: The learning organization

This approach typically requires three phases:

Phase One—Analysis

Consult with key managers in conducting the necessary preliminary research, solicit support for our preparations, and design the actual session.

Phase Two—Facilitation

Facilitate the session to ensure clear focus and to meet goals. This phase requires a one-day meeting of the involved management team.

Phase Three—Follow-up

Provide additional consultation if requested.


I typically charge a flat daily rate, but will quote a fixed fee when several days are required to conduct the preliminary analysis, design the session, provide preliminary consultation, facilitate the one-day session, and provide follow-up consultation. Rates will, of course, vary as circumstances warrant, and I will be glad to discuss this with you.

Additional Areas of Expertise

I also provide a Keynote Speaker Series designed to provide groups with informative introductions to current management issues. My approach is to help you solve a variety of competitive, environmental, management, and organization problems.

Organizational Vision and Executive Leadership

Vision requires managers to identify with the organization’s culture and beliefs. The vision also encompasses the CEO’s personal values and trust. As others come to see the "big picture" that the leader sees, the vision motivates since employees like to know where they are going and why. When change is necessary, I will help your vision point to an anticipated state for your organization. You will develop a vision for your organization that honors its history and growth and prepares it for the future.

The Ten Commandments of Strategic Commitment

Executives do not understand or appreciate the relationship between organizational commitment and performance. Yet, strategic commitment on the part of middle-managers is essential for organizational survival and effectiveness. I cover the ten imperatives for measuring and attaining commitment to your organization’s strategies, including leadership style, decision processes, organization participation, control, and guidance.

Ethics in the Workplace

Moral dilemmas are inevitable. While it is difficult to make the "right" decision, organizations are increasingly finding socially responsible behavior to be in their own interest. I will help you improve your moral decision making and appreciate the complexity of ethical issues by providing a model of ethical reasoning. Hands-on examples will bring the point home that sound decision making is both ethical and profitable. You will leave with our "Ten Points to Ponder" when facing a moral dilemma.

Strategic Information Systems

Information is power to those who can exploit it. My newest endeavor is providing assistance in using the Internet and groupware as strategic decision support systems in a rapidly-changing environment.

About me . . .

Paul Miesing is at the Business School of the State University of New York at Albany. His topics of expertise include strategic vision; executive leadership; organizational change and transformation; technology transfer; corporate social responsibility and business ethics; and strategic information systems. He has published dozens of articles and papers in both academic and practitioner journals, and has helped many audiences, including companies, civic groups, industry associations, and government agencies, both locally and internationally.


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