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Talk Strategy: How to surface great ideas and create powerful strategy


Rosie Yeo is an experienced strategic adviser working with Boards and executive teams to develop and implement powerful strategies. She facilitates strategic planning processes and complex policy debates.

Current Work:

As a speaker on strategy, innovation and leadership development, Rosie combines real-life examples, expert insights and creative thinking to offer pragmatic solutions to boardroom and executive challenges.

As a Board Director, public affairs consultant, former ministerial adviser and strategist, Rosie’s twenty-five years’ experience across the corporate, public and non-government sectors has taught her that clarity, creativity and consensus are key to successful strategy.

Rosie has helped organisations including Campbell Arnott’s, Mortgage Choice, Actuaries Institute, Tourism Australia. Medicines Australia, ANCAP, AMA NSW, Association of Australian Convention Bureaux, Canberra Business Chamber, Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, CI Events, Finity Consulting, NSW Medical Council and Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.

Rosie is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of Professional Speakers Australia.

Talking Points

Strategy alchemy: How to create powerful strategy

The alchemy that produces great strategy does not automatically emerge in a room full of smart people. It depends as much on the quality of the conversation as which planning framework you use.

There are three elements needed for powerful strategy, and three obstacles to overcome along the way. Powerful strategy requires a great idea, a clear pathway and creation of a shared story. Three of the obstacles to creating powerful strategy are innovation blocks, lowest common denominator agreements and “false horizons”.

Drawing on her experience with Boards and executive teams across multiple sectors and life cycles, Rosie provides the keys to creating powerful strategy - including creative thinking, finding clarity about what is most important, and reaching genuine consensus for moving forward.

Take-away a fresh perspective on what strategy should be and some powerful suggestions for your next strategic planning effort.

Leading Strategy

For executives, Board directors and upcoming leaders, Rosie unpicks how to design and participate in strategy discussions which prompt fresh thinking, clarify what is most important, and build genuine consensus on strong ideas.

As well as exploring the four elements of the strategic mindset that are needed to lead strategy, Rosie also outlines 3 effective strategic planning models and how to select the framework best matched to your organisation or business.

Audiences will take away renewed appreciation for what is possible in a strategic discussion, new approaches for managing strategic planning, and three powerful frameworks for strategic planning.

Note: This keynote can be modified to focus on strategic planning by individuals (eg small business / franchises) as well as organisations.

Overcoming innovation blocks

The best boards and leadership teams facilitate creative thinking and innovation within the boardroom and across the organisation. Yet sometimes those at the top are seen as blockers rather than enablers, and conservative rather than creative. There are 3 keys to unlocking constructive, innovative thinking in the boardroom and beyond.

Workshop whether these three keys are present in your boardroom or executive team and if not, how to introduce them.

Rosie ran two consecutive sessions on Strategy with our 'leaders of the future' and led the group to focus on specific strategies that will help drive business growth. The entire group raved about Rosie's style and focus on simplifying Strategic planning with a specific focus on the quality of the process. The effort Rosie puts into diagnosing the core needs of the group were exceptional, as was her detailed follow up after the events. I would have no hesitation in using Rosie's services again. National Travel Group

Rosie facilitated a business growth workshop at our national conference where she challenged franchisees to commit to 3 key decisions or actions to undertake to support their business growth over the next twelve months. Rosie delivered a keynote that set the framework and then followed this with workshops which were professionally facilitated and delivered in a way that gave participants the time, tools and opportunity to think about what they needed to do in their business to achieve success. I would highly recommend Rosie Yeo to anyone that is interested in looking at strategy through a different lens.

Finance Association

Rosie ran a strategic workshop with our board to help us realign and refocus our organisation. She helped us to broaden our thinking and simplify our vision. Rosie warmly engaged our board and helped our CEO turn a day of good thinking into concrete next steps. I’ve used a range of facilitators for boards and Rosie is the one I will recommend in the future.

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