Not every advisor is a good fit for you, individually, or for your team. Similarly, not every individual or company that approaches Strategic Piece would make a good client. We both need to be selective to ensure a high level of success.
Irrespective of how we get introduced, we’ll want to hold an introductory meeting – preferably in person but video also works if that’s not feasible – to exchange enough information for us both to make an informed decision.
We’ll listen to your story, ask a lot of questions, and try to figure out how we might help. You should be doing the same thing, to make sure your questions about Strategic Piece also get answered.
Our next step will be to write a proposal explaining why your company should engage our services, the objectives and scope of the project, an estimated timeline, and the compensation model we think best fits the situation (more on that piece in a moment).
If the proposal meets with your approval – potentially after we’ve discussed and agreed to some adjustments – we’ll collect your signature and get started.
Every project is different, but they all have a beginning, a middle, and an end.
The opening chapter usually involves gathering information, understanding what has already been done, setting short-term targets, and putting the first layer of building blocks in place on which project deliverables will be constructed.
This frequently involves crisscrossing the organization, testing assumptions, filling in gaps, and generally making sure that everyone is on the same page before directing focused attention onto the milestone we’ve all agreed to hit.
In the middle, things can get quite frustrating. Bits and pieces are looking finished, but nothing quite seems to add up. It’s like a house that’s under construction, where some areas have taken on discernible features, but you still can’t picture yourself living there.
This is where the heavy lifting happens. We’ll do our best to get you through it, but there’s usually a fair amount of work that can only be performed by you or someone else on your team.
Throughout every project, we provide regular activity reports (usually at the beginning or end of each week), keep track of information and deliverables flowing between our team and yours, and keep you up to speed on progress against plan and spend versus budget. We don’t like nasty surprises any more than you do.
Toward the end, we’ll keep everyone focused on the finish line, drawing on our experience and resources to help remove obstacles, solve challenges, and bring polish and closure to the final deliverables. If success involves you presenting to stakeholders or potential investors, we’ll be right there alongside you to provide air cover and backup, as needed.
And, truth be told, we’re suckers for sequels. Many great projects reach a natural end point, but many others create logical continuation points for scoping a new phase of work and continuing the great relationship we’ve built together.
Whether that means another full-scale project or transitioning into an advisory role, we’ll re-craft the terms of our engagement to suit whatever comes next.
One of our aspirations is to build and manage a community of clients, partners, and followers who think what we do is worthwhile, visionary, and important.
As a current or former client, you’ll automatically become a member of the Strategic Piece Corps and we hope you’ll remain active and leverage the community as it grows.
Yes, we value your testimonials and referrals as they play an important role in our continued business success. But, more than that, we expect your interactions with other Strategic Piece Corps members to help you and them become even more successful – contributing in an even greater way to our purpose of impacting the world through entrepreneurs and early stage businesses.