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Upcoming Events 2017


Join the LA Chapter of the Association for Strategic Planning for evening events in Los Angeles. We cover topics such as competitive intelligence, scenario planning, strategic planning, cyber security, portfolio management and change management. Become a member and get discounts to our events, webinars and the annual conference in Toronto, Canada


January 17 2017   Persuasion and Bias                                   Myer Sankary

 5:30 to 8 pm  in Downtown LA $25/$40


Downtown Los Angeles: Interior Office Solutions
444 South Flower Street
Los Angeles, California  90071



Persuasion & Bias: Learn about these two factors to energize your consulting services "Learning about predictable human behavior from cognitive sciences can enhance your effectiveness as a trusted advisor. Two factors that affect all decisions and behavior are persuasion and bias. Myer Sankary will provide valuable insight into these two important topics. A graduate of Harvard Law School and Texas Christian University, Myer studied with the leading social scientist in the field of influence.

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February 21 2017 Scenario Planning and Healthcare             Neelima Firth

5:30 to 8 pm  in Downtown LA $25/$40


We live in interesting and changing times and in an environment of unpredictability. Scenario planning is a method for organizations to manage unpredictability in a logical and structured manner and succeed in an uncertain future. Scenario planning enables organization to develop higher quality strategic plans and forecasts in less time. Neelima Firth, a biopharmaceutical executive with experience at Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, GSK and Alfred Mann Foundation will review what Scenario Planning is, a method of capturing different options for the future and use examples from healthcare industry.

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Meetings we held in 2016


Competitive Intelligence: Saves Money or Makes Money......Every Time by Seena Sharp

Think this is hype? Spend just one hour to discover how to develop the best strategy – the first time – that is far more likely to deliver expected results. The bonus is finding new opportunities and immediate competitive advantage.

It's not enough to have information; it must be the "right" information. And it's rarely available from the Internet or software.

Most companies include and value financial due diligence for developing strategy, minimizing risk, and making growth decisions. Yet, they don't have comparable market due diligence (also referred to as market or competitive intelligence. Successful organizations know the importance of understanding their market and keeping up to date with trends. For those of us involved in strategic planning and strategy in Los Angeles, we know getting competitive intelligence helps us build successful strategies.

Data is not intelligence; technology is not intelligence. They may be the first steps, just as raw ingredients are to a finished recipe.

Strategic Competitive Intelligence reveals emerging and substitute competitors, unknown customers (who don't fit the target profile), market drivers, alternative uses, external forces that are impacting the industry, the changing competitive landscape, distributors’ likelihood of switching suppliers, market assessments, and more. 

When the company’s decision doesn't deliver expected results, they usually blame the economy, technology, low prices, bad substitutes, or the customer’s failure to understanding their fabulous product/service.  And then they go back to building strategy in the same way—relying on internal data, industry experience, and old- fashioned wits to roll out another product based on their perceived competitive advantage.




Wild Cards- Keys to Certain Business Success in an Uncertain Future

Optimism is no substitute for planning!

Understand the important predictable and unpredictable events that effect you and your organization

Learn how to forecast – and tame – the Wild Cards that could make or break the future of your business in the blink of an eye


Wild Cards are the single biggest determinant of the future success or failure of your business.  If you don’t know what they are, how to forecast and prepare for them, or how to leverage them, your business is destined to be nothing but a memory in just a few years.  Attend the November meeting of ASP LA to learn a step-by-step process for forecasting and taming the Wild Cards that lurk in the future of your business.  You’ll be eligible to win a free copy of Jim’s book, Blueprint for Certain Success:  How to Design a Thriving Future for Your Business.






Technology Trends Impacting Business


Summary: Technology is touching more aspects of businesses and has an ever growing impact on business strategy.  In this panel discussion, we will look at major technology trends and their implications for business strategy both in terms of innovation and value creation as well as technology service delivery within organizations. Some of the technology trends we will discuss are:



1) Value Creation

  • Continuous Integration- Innovation/Continuous Delivery (CI/CD)
  • Software Defined Everything
  • Big Data and Data Management
  • Data Science / Machine Learning / Business Intelligence / Analytics
  • New Digital Business Models (i.e., Amazon, Netflix, Uber, Airbnb)
  • Customer/Partner/Employee Access/Enablement/Collaboration/Support

2) Delivery

  • Web Content and App Stores, Business Workflows
  • Interoperability: The problem of pre-web islands of process, data, platform and hardware being locked-in
  • Real-time Analytics, Energy and Data Growth Trends, Machine Learning
  • With outsourcing and attempts to externalise costs - what are risks for your information, IP, compliance, security and supply chain
  • Legal issues, penalties for data breach of customer data,
  • Implications to talent sourcing
  • Emerging Platforms including Big (Car) and small IoT (Data Center) [time permitting]


The Panel 

Tony Karrer, Founder and CEO TechEmpower, Consulting CTO


Diane Waters, Partner Hitchcock Waters and SVP TTG Consulting



Andrew Robinson

President FTS



Winning leadership strategies for non profit organizations

We had a great gathering of Non Profit leaders from LA including:

Ron Burkhardt, Managing Director, Newmark Grubb Knight Frank 

Ellen Pais, President & CEO Los Angeles Education Partnership

Stephen Kennedy,  Senior VP/CFO,  Los Angeles Mission

Susan Galeas, President & CEO, Alzheimer's Association, California Southland Chapter



We were able to share strategic initiatives, the importance of alignment across national and local chapters and the outreach into the Los Angeles Community.  We were in a wonderful location downtown at Interoffice Solutions so thank you to Alison and the team.