Got a group who don’t like to think strategically, but prefer to stay “in the weeds”? Or a group who value harmony and so won’t bring up issues and possible problems for fear of being impolite, un-popular or perceived as troublemakers?
Here’s what I’ve been using for a while, it really works well in planning and strategising. Pre Mortems outlines the process.
And here’s a template I made for it: pre-mortem template
It means naysayers, devil’s advocates and mismatchers get to be normalised (and that’s an interesting experience for them too).
It’s one of my favourite offsite strategy day activities.
There are some nuances in how you facilitate it: see here for how a pre-mortem can fail.
For more tips for strategic offsites, try these links: