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Helping organisations develop and execute evidence-based future-oriented business strategies for growth and success.
Strategies not based on evidence are just wishful thinking. Evidence-based strategies are more likely to succeed and more likely to win support.
The future will be different from the past. What worked in the past probably won't be good enough in the future.
I provide the skills, experience and objectivity you need to develop and execute evidence-based future-oriented business strategies. Schedule a free consultation to find out how I could help you.
Chris added huge value to RPMI in developing its strategy. He is a seasoned independent strategy consultant who brought great process skills as well as expertise to the firm at a key point in its development.... Chris is a very practical strategist: development of strategy is a process, grounded in analysis, and its outputs are actionable.
Paul Nathan, Managing Director, Strategic Development at RPMI
We’ve used Chris on two very different market opportunity reviews ... Each time his deliverables and engagement have been excellent. His methodical approach starting with a nuts and bolts review of the underlying opportunity and then gradually building out data sets on attractive and interesting elements ... creates compelling and robust recommendations. A pleasure to work with and would do so again tomorrow.
Gary Thrower, HUB Group Commercial Director at Just plc
The proof of his effectiveness was that the strategy was well received by the Board and by the Exco of RPMI. I would certainly work with Chris again in the future.
Phil Willcock, CEO RPMI Railpen
Chris quickly demonstrated his value through research and synthesis across a broad and initially ill-defined opportunity, helping us to get a handle on the practical options we face.
Matthew Wynde, Chief Operating Office at Waymark Tech
His work is exceptionally thorough whilst being very broad and thought challenging in its reach. I could not recommend Chris more highly for strategic and other business problem solving assignments
David Cooper, Group Marketing and Distribution Director at Just plc
A level headed, pragmatic but strategic approach ... his ability to influence and work with people from all levels and disciplines has been a major factor in his successful contribution. I have no doubt that we will be seeking out Chris's services again in the future.
Isobel Langton, CEO Intermediary Division at Royal London
Chris was perfect for us. His temperament and approach stand him high amongst his peers. Chris was the engine for us as we revamped our product strategy. It was a tight timeline and without Chris’s help, drive and smarts we wouldn’t have gotten it over the line.
Of all Chris’s strengths, the one that really stands out for me is his temperament. He’s easy to build a relationship with, engages with people effectively and I found a like-minded spirit from the first time I met him. Chris isn’t the brash consultant who tells you what to do (or that you are doing it wrong); He exhibits high emotional intelligence, takes care to listen & understand his audience then responds in a measured way that helps you on the journey.
Working with Chris was a great pleasure and I look forward to a chance to work with him again.
Ben Legg, Chief Product Officer at Open GI
All testimonials are extracts from a small sample of endorsements published on LinkedIn.
I work with leadership teams to develop and execute evidence-based future-oriented business strategies for growth and success.
I can help you to:
I have particular expertise in:
For growth, turnaround or in response to specific environmental changes.
Pursuant to strategy execution, for operational effectiveness, or for cost control.
For startups or mature business, D2C, B2B2C or B2B.
All underpinned by: excellent stakeholder management, commercial acumen, and client focus.
A client with strong retail distribution wanted to enter the workplace market.
I built them a rich picture of how that market worked, who the various players were, and what was driving their behaviours.
I then showed them which were the routes to market most likely to lead to success.
A once successful product was no longer selling as well as it had been.
Following extensive client interviews and an analysis of internal and publicly available data, I was able to show that a different group of customers was nearly four times as likely to buy as their existing target market was.
I was then able to show them what changes they needed to make in order to reach that new market.
Having completed a success refresh of their strategy, my client asked me to help them develop their own internal strategy capability.
I provided them with a blueprint of roles, responsibilities, process, governance and tools that were tailored to their own specific requirements.
StratNavApp.com is the online collaborative tool for business strategy development and execution. It was purpose-built by Chris C Fox Consulting.
StratNavApp.com delivers business strategy development and execution best practice in box.
I use StratNavApp.com to develop and execute business strategies:
Clients can engage with StratNavApp.com, if they wish,
Training is also available.
RPMI continues to use StratNavapp - an application ... that helps organisations develop and execute strategy on a collaborative basis. This software makes my life infinitely easier, as it enables RPMI to analyse the key internal and external trends and develop these insights into actionable strategies on an ongoing basis.
Matthew Hall, Director of Strategy at RPMI Railpen
I believe organisations best achieve their potential by charting their own path through their competitive environment. Bland, me-too strategies achieve mediocre results. Successfully differentiated strategies are the result of the systemic analysis of each organisation's unique strengths and weaknesses, and of the changes and trends which present it with both challenges and opportunities.
I have over 31 years of experience, mainly in the financial services sector. I have worked with a wide variety of leadership teams from FTSE100 boards to small startup teams. I have worked on a wide range of strategic initiatives from multi-national hostile takeovers, to regulatory responses and to organic growth strategies such as turnarounds, new product and new business launches.
I work around London, but also enjoy travelling for interesting challenges.
I do my best work when confronted with complex, changing, ambiguous problems and conflicting priorities. I combine structured analysis and problem-solving with strong stakeholder engagement to develop creative strategies that teams really get behind. I am comfortable working across multiple disciplines (Actuarial, Finance, HR, Risk and Compliance, IT, Sales and Marketing, etc.). This often enables me to see more holistic strategies that the existing functional experts with an organisation miss. As an independent outsider, I bring an objective view to my clients. I am unencumbered by the legacy issues, internal politics and day-to-day challenges which often prevent leadership teams from focusing on their strategic priorities.
I am driven by curiosity and a passion for progress. I value rigour in analysis, discipline in execution, and mutual respect and integrity in relationships. I am not afraid to roll up my sleeves and get stuck into the detail. Equally, I am not afraid to ask challenging questions and have difficult conversations. I follow a collaborative approach - the answer more often lies between the knowledge of many people that it does within the knowledge of one person.
Most importantly, I enjoy what I do. And I believe that this evident enjoyment makes it easier for others to see possibilities and embrace change.
Bad strategy flourishes because it floats above analysis, logic, and choice, held aloft by the hot hope that one can avoid dealing with these tricky fundamentals and the difficulties of mastering them. Not miscalculation.Richard Rumelt, author, in 'Good Strategy / Bad Strategy'
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