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Restart Your Growth Planning

Designed for Privately Held Businesses

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ONLINE WORKSHOP | One 2.5-hour session
Prerequisite: None


TBD | 8:30am–11:00am Pacific Time


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“I learned strategy from Rob and am thrilled he is offering his new workshop in collaboration with The Grove. He has a passion for values-oriented companies that are privately owned, whose leaders are closely involved with their teams and managers. If you want an accessible, clear, and very effective experience in clarifying your business priorities, this is the workshop for you.”

David Sibbet
Founder, The Grove Consultants International


Getting the right start to business planning can make the journey from strategy to action much more efficient and effective. In this online workshop, you will experience the first of five critical strategic-planning processes designed specifically for privately held businesses. 

Your workshop guides are Rob Eskridge and Ryan Stock, long-tenured Grove Partners who have led planning workshops for hundreds of management teams. You will also be introduced to The Growth Management River Tripâ„ , a customer-centered approach to strategic planning, simplified. It can be used for you to lead the other four planning and implementation processes within your business following this workshop. These additional planning processes are available in published form, or can be consultant-led by experienced facilitators in The Grove Partners network.

Participants should have authority to lead the development or update of business plans for their organization.


This Course Is for You If:

  • The pandemic has triggered much shorter-term planning and the need to update business plans and forecasts more frequently.
  • Your revenues spiked, and you’re figuring out how to sustain that pace.
  • Revenues have taken a hit during the pandemic, and it’s time to restart marketing and sales in a new way.
  • Your business has been able to successfully pivot toward the new economic realities, but now you’re ready to look beyond today’s interim solutions.
  • Customers are asking for new ways to access your products and services, but there is not yet consensus on how to respond.
  • Growth planning is part of your job, but you haven’t yet found a practical process that’s right for your size business or your industry.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify critical issues in your business that planning should address this year. These will trigger a planning update following the workshop. (It is not necessary to share your issues with other participants.)
  • Develop a deeper understanding of how changing customer needs should influence early stages of strategic-business planning.
  • Learn how to move strategic planning to the next phases once planning issues have been identified.
  • Experience a videoconference-based visual methodology for strategic-business planning that has been proven in more than 40 industries across the globe. The workshop methodology you experience via Zoom can be replicated during in-person, virtual or hybrid planning meetings.


What This Course Is Like:

  • One 2.5-hour session, followed by one hour Q&A. The Q&A session at the end is available to address specific applications of the River Trip processes to your business.
  • An intimate online setting with a limit of 12 participants.
  • One facilitator and one graphic recorder will lead the workshop.
  • A visual participant kit will be sent via priority mail ahead of time.
  • Following introductions and a process overview, most of the time will be spent in dialogue about examples of external and internal factors that trigger strategic issues, and what planning information is relevant to address them quickly.
  • While the group will be working with an online MURAL example, each participant will be working with a paper template at their desk to capture any confidential issues for their own business.

Of Special Note:

  • This is a live online course, and the sessions are not recorded.
  • Only one participant per organization. No direct competitors will be accepted, so first-come, first-served. If there are potential competitive conflicts, we will reach out to those previously registered to accept or reject participation with a potential competitor.
  • Technology requirement: Desktop or laptop to access Zoom meetings for video conferencing. 

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This workshop is hosted by Grove Partner, Growth Management Center. They are in the process of scheduling this workshop. To join their waitlist or for questions, contact them at [email protected].

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