Strategy work

Design the easiest way to your goal

Through a series of sessions we design the easiest way to your business goal, using the principles of structural tension.

What you get is simple and straight forward: the very best chances of turning your goals into reality.

But wait Leonie, did you just offer me ’the very best chances’ and not a guarantee to success?

I did. You paid attention! I love that 🙂

Reality is that we can’t know for sure whether we succeed until we succeed.

It serves us to know this bit of reality because it heightens our skills of observation. A skill that we need to adapt to change. And being able to adapt to change is one of the essential bits you need to get yourself in the very best position to create your desired outcome.

Ok, back to business. How do we go about the business of getting you those very best chances?

In a series of sessions we, together, become fluent in your aspirations and your current working reality. If we have that fluency, the ‘how’, the action plan simply falls out of the difference between the two. If that sounds too simple for you then I am very eager to introduce you to the common sense, down to earth magical powers of Structural Tension ( a process that is working whether you know about it or not). Very satisfying work, both for me and for you.

All of this will result in you having created your business strategy. And once we have that I keep walking with you while you encounter Madame Change along the way because I want you to become highly skilled in adapting to her unavoidable presence.

Darwin was wrong. Life on our planet is not organised around survival of the fittest but survival of the most adaptable! To change.

Structural Dynamics is also called Structural Thinking. That refers to the one thing that everybody already has : the capacity to think (without getting into your head). However, we unfortunately don’t learn to think structurally. A structure in this sense is a set of elements working together to create a whole (the structure) which causes predictable behaviour. The predictable behaviour you want is speeding unhindered straight towards your desired outcome. (Ok, that is an exaggeration. Friction seems unavoidable. But you want advancement, right? Knowing you are steadily moving in the right direction.) It is not always what we are working with however. Ever puzzled over the fact why this and that repeated unwanted thing keeps happening in your organisation which puts you off course? It does not have to be. Structural Dynamics helps us put in place that structure that supports our goal optimally.

And as a pleasant side effect the work primes your thinking skills, both observational and strategic in a way that you will benefit from for all the future creations you wish to pursue.

I often call Structural Thinking the perfect marriage between clear thinking and intuition, or being the conscious creator while also being an adventurer, finding your way as you go. It is a way of putting all of ourselves and our resources to the best of use in the pursuit of our goals.

It works especially well with people who hate working with goals or with boundaries and plans and other unyielding and unpleasant strictness. (I used to be one of those rebels)

For teams it is extra important to be on the same page together. In our strategic group sessions we will make sure everyone knows what you all are working towards and how to do it. Be ready for the joy of co-creating to expand to new levels!

What other people say about this work

Working with you over the last four months has indeed been very helpful – to our business advisory firm as well as to me, personally.

The clarity of direction and the insights that emerged for immediate action, with committed timelines aligned & energised both Zahira & me.

We are now sharply focused on realising the best possible outcomes for White Spaces, mainly thanks to:

  • your meticulous pre-work for our follow-through sessions,
  • your non-judgemental listening & playback during sessions, and
  • cross-checks for consistency & completeness you mindfully ran before wrap-up.

We are grateful for your guidance and support in this crucial journey.
Jyotirmoy Bose and Zahira Crasta – Founder and consultants at White Spaces consulting – India

I am grateful to have walked through the Structural Tension Charting process with Leonie at such an early stage in starting up as an entrepreneur. Now I have a super base to work with.
Vision, values, talents and resources have been mapped and at the same time I have a practical action plan. It gives me a safe feeling in the midst of starting this new thing. Thank a lot!
Sarah Licher-Severs – NL (participant in the group training Skills for Change)

In the video below you find the video testimonial of Ton Bil, a Dutch guy living in beautiful France.

” I want to say thank you a whole bunch for being a wonderful support and offering your skills towards my vision to bring this beautiful organisation into existence. I did more work on my chart this weekend and feeling really great and more affirmed about what is ahead. And current reality is feeling way less of a barrier and more of “it just is what it is” and here’s a way to work from or around that to still propel forward. I appreciate you lots.”
Misty Wilson – USA, is building an organisation which gives disadvantaged people a second chance, while having a full time job and two teen kids to raise alone

“I am really happy with this. I have the feeling it’s effortless now. I know it’s not, I work hard but the struggle around it is gone. It even gives me energy now. At first I tended to squeeze myself into the mall of my plan and consider it a failure if I had not done a certain action step. Now I know I can and must always adapt my plan to me, to what is realistic and desired by me in the new moment. Because of this I actually reached my goal faster!”
Ilse Vinck – NL – she built, in three months, a new (enjoyable) client group while keeping a steady income, while also being a new single mom of two small ones

“I am an efficient creator now. It still blows my mind sometimes because for years I have struggled with taking my entrepreneurship in another direction. I did everything ‘right’ back then. Gave it priority time-wise, was fully committed, read the ‘right’ books and did the ‘right’ online courses, bought the software, all that. Yet I lost motivation every single time. I had decided I was not equipped for working with goals. In hindsight, my blind spot was seeing reality clearly. In working with charting  I became very capable of adapting to change and leaving behind that this was about me. And I became clearer and clearer about my current reality and the reality of what I wanted to create and thus the distance between the two. Now of course I still have set backs like all humans but overall I steadily move towards my goal. And even though not every moment is enjoyable and it’s very hard work I love the process.”
Anne Roger – NL – is half way in a 3 year goal, while being a single mother of a teen and being the sole breadwinner

Digital Decision Making

Do you have some decisions to make and are you ready to be be decided and spend your time on executing from that decisiveness? Then let me walk you through a process which will end with you being fully decided in 15 to 30 minutes.

Digital Decision Making seems almost magical to people I work with but it actually is not. All we do is create clarity around the hierarchy of the elements that are part of your choice. At the end of the process I can tell you what you are going to decide, it has become that obvious.

We could also call it Value Based Decision Making because that’s what it does: it creates insight into what is most important to you. Weighing pro’s and cons unfortunately does not do the trick or it takes forever and takes up brain space while you walk around with the unmade choice in the back of your head. Let’s get it over with, ok? And get it over with good. Solid.

What other people say about Digital Decision Making

I find it stunning. I realise slowly how astonishing it is to find out, wow, this factor is really not a factor, and this one is very important indeed. Glad you took the time after the decision. You showed a lot of skill to ‘massage’ me a bit and help me land in the decision.
Karen Gerritsen – Option Support

At first it felt rather rational. But during the process the slight slowly went on in my brain and I started to see what mattered most to me in the situation. I was very surprised to get such clear result because my decision was rather complex. And in such a short time span! Clarity and efficiency is what I got. Very valuable.
Estée Makampo

Here’s more about Digital Decision Making and testimonials from people who fed their until then unmade decision through this elegant little process.