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Decision-Making in the Workplace with Bob Frisch, Founding Partner of Strategic Offsites Group

By Jeremy Weisz posted 09-08-2021 05:00 AM


What makes a meeting great? Mediocre? Crummy? Why are some offsites inspiring and others enervating? How can leaders and their teams work together to make decisions better — and make better decisions? Bob Frisch, Founder of Strategic Offsites Group, has built his career and his business to explore and answer those questions. Bob has shared his insights in a score of Harvard Business Review articles and now shares them on The Leading Edge.

Success is often created by conversations — conversations that lead to decisions and actions. Making those conversations happen is the leader’s job, but not often one in which he or she is particularly skilled. According to Bob Frisch, productive strategy meetings can be achieved through effective communication and a well-thought-out process. As he says, it’s important for a team to have an active role in the decisions that are being made — and often that means the leader must speak last. Bob has spent his career working with senior executive teams to incorporate proven success strategies, and today he’s here to share his decision-making advice for leaders.

In this episode of The Leading Edge, Tom and Bob talk about the human dynamics of decision-making — and the real-world tips and tricks that can help leaders guide their teams to better decisions. They discuss the value of implementing two rounds of decision-making at your company, the impact the pandemic has had on collaboration, and how to achieve alignment in your leadership team. Stay tuned for this and more on The Leading Edge — a podcast where new ideas are cultivated and leaders find their edge to succeed.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you will learn:

  • Bob Frisch talks about his 20-year career in consulting and why he founded Strategic Offsites Group
  • How to overcome the challenges of alignment in a leadership team
  • The role executive leaders play in the decision-making process of their teams
  • Is it possible to take off your “functional hat” when making decisions for your company?
  • Bob shares his best piece of advice for leaders: talk last
  • The CEO’s job in a team environment
  • How the pandemic lifted the geographical constraints of meeting and collaborating
  • Bob’s thoughts on the future state of clean water supply

About Our Guest:

Bob Frisch

Bob Frisch is the Founding Partner of Strategic Offsites Group, a boutique consulting firm that designs and facilitates strategic conversations for executive teams and boards. Before founding Strategic Offsites Group, Bob was a Managing Partner for Accenture, the Vice President and Strategy Practice Head for Gemini Consulting & Services, and a Manager for Boston Consulting Group.

Bob is also the best-selling author of two books and has published multiple articles in Harvard Business Review. He graduated magna cum laude from Tufts University and earned his MBA from the Yale School of Management.

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