The setting for part One of this course is a High Level Business Design Workshop attended by corporate executives and facilitated by a professional consultant. Through this "Strategic Planning" workshop setting, participants get involved to first answer questions and then work collectively to build the corporate mission statement and identify industry forces that affect the business enterprise resulting ultimately in the formation of business strategies. This is an overview course describing how this work is done at the highest levels of a corporation.
Part Two of the class uses the above information gathered and defined and uses it to issue questionnaires and complete a Current Systems Assessment of the corporation.
Putting the two above sections together allows a corporation to identify "business and information systems gaps" that can then being to be addressed through strategic planning and project planning exercises, commencing with formal "Statements of Work" packages and "Business Cases" for initiatives; both of which are described in overview in this course. So if this sort of work interests you, come aboard - you will get some great insights and usable templates and examples from this course.
Best wishes, - Dan Grijzenhout
Welcome to my course "A Guide to Professional Consulting - Part Three". The overall 5 part professional consulting course has been built with a view to opening the world of consulting to you. In Part 1, I discussed in overview what professional consulting is and what you can earn doing it. Part 2 shows you how to prospect for clients, build consulting relationships, and bid on projects - including an overview to proposal writing. Part 3, built in this segment of the overall course, provides you with an example of the "Top Down" business modelling that is often done when you start an engagement for a client coupled with some sample templates on how to do some information gathering with the client - usually called the "Current Systems Analysis" phase of the project. Part 4 will get on with completing the strategy work and project identification work to be done in a study and Part 5 will conclude with the Migration Planning work to be done - packaging identified statements of work that need to be completed into various project packages to be undertaken.
I hope you enjoy this course. Best wishes, - Dan Grijzenhout - course creator
This lecture lays out the various components of the total project work to be completed. It is designed to give the student an overview understanding of the full strategic planning project methodology that I have used successfully on numerous projects in my consulting career. The "pyramid" pictorial image you will view in one of the first slides to be presented is an image that you will find particularly useful to show to potential clients you are trying to secure consulting engagements with - so be sure to download it for use with your own "consulting toolkit" that I hope you will be building as you go along.
Mission Statement analysis and.or construction is the first task completed during a High Level Business Design Workshop - and most strategic planning engagements. Part of the "Top Down" consulting general methodology, this task when completed gives the full team an overview of the target vision for the corporation and what would be considered to be in scope and out of scope for drilled down strategic planning efforts. A Mission Statement defines what the corporation is all about - what it is trying to achieve. So give this task importance in your engagement work efforts.
Within this lecture, I walk the student through a High Level Design workshop with client personnel attendees where Business Drivers such as Industry Forces, corporate strengths and weaknesses, competitor and supply chain pressures, stakeholder interests and Government regulations are discussed with a view to identifying "gaps to desired states" and then developing business strategies to address the Gaps.
This video walks the student through a template set of steps that corporations go through during a strategic planning exercise. This is a tried and tested approach to doing this work and this "Flow" diagram of steps can be useful to you the consultant in proposals you write for services to be rendered.
This presentation walks the student through the different components that comprise a "Statement of Work" (SOW) deliverable document.
Do you want to learn how to build a good "Business Case" for an initiative or project you wish to take? Then watch this video to learn what goes into the development of one.
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About Dan Grijzenhout: For close to thirty years, Dan has been a professional business and information systems consulting professional working to executive levels for both private and public sector organizations globally, a number of which were "Fortune" level enterprises. Dan has founded, operated and sold an online global payment services company that moves millions of dollars on behalf of its 100,000 plus account holders annually; he has been interviewed on the show "World Business Review" by former head of NATO and Secretary of State, General Alexander Haig, for his work in advanced digital and online telecommunications services and nation-wide online and card based "Loyalty" programs; and now works at writing and building training programs to share his years of experience with others interested in online entrepreneurship.
Social Media Marketing, Content Creation and Authorship: During the past few years, Dan has focused nearly all his time and energy on designing and building online marketing systems and social media marketing platforms. In fact, Dan recently completed a two year project as the project manager and chief architect to build a marketing system used by several major airlines, travel agencies and Fortune Level manufacturing corporations. Dan has written, self-published and self-marketed five books now being sold through Amazon Kindle and Create Space; he has written and published over 40 published social media related training/learning articles, and has created over 100 training videos and knowledge enhancing video podcasts.
He has gained expertise in many online content creation tool-sets including the full suite of Adobe Creative tools and Adobe Dreamweaver for website development; video and audio editing software; 3rd party social media related website services and content creation partners; and most main-stream social communication platforms including Facebook and Facebook business pages, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Google Plus, Reddit, Goodreads, Amazon Author Central, LinkedIn, Ezine Articles Publishing, Amazon-Kindle Book Publishing, Amazon Create Space and more. On these social media platforms, Dan has now amassed over 15,000 followers and subscribers and more are following him daily.