Issues Breakthrough

“There’s a short amount of time and the people we need to make this decision are busy. Yet this is an important decision and cannot be rushed. It has to be well reasoned, genuinely supported by those involved and easily communicated to those who will be implementing it.”


These apparently competing factors too often lead to poor decisions, unsupported decisions or no decision at all. Whether you are a member of a Board, an executive team or a project group you want to avoid the waste and frustration of ineffective meetings and the risks and consequences of low quality decisions.


Built on decades of experience working with decision making groups, Enzyme has developed a highly effective decision support process which consistently delivers insight, focus and genuine commitment to action.


Our single day workshop, achieves more than most think possible in weeks.


  • What are the key issues and where do we start?
  • Which projects should have priority and how do we decide?
  • What do we have to address to resolve this conflict between parties?
  • Which opportunities should we pursue, in what order?
  • What innovations could we develop and which will have most impact?
  • What are the major risks and which do we address first?

Workshop outline

First we need the right people and the right preparation. Do we know enough about the issue, opportunity or priorities that we need to make a decision on? Is that information easy to understand and in a form that allows insight to be developed? 

We work closely with the convenors of the group to clarify exactly what decision has to be made and can apply powerful modelling tools to assist in this and the discussion of the issues in the session.

The day consists of:

    • Preparing the ground which uses data, modelling and research to focus the group on the issues to be addressed in the workshop. Designed to inform, challenge and generate insight.
    • Factors and priorities Using individual workbooks, structured brainstorming and effective group processes, participants discover, discuss and debate the key factors of the workshop subject (eg. issues, blockages, opportunities, innovations, projects, success factors). Individuals’ priorities are identified then consolidated using powerful consensus techniques, including electronic audience response technology.
    • Strategy 2 Action Using a highly productive methodology, teams are formed to develop initial action plans for 3 or 4 Key Focus Areas.
    • Next Steps & Closure Critical steps are identified, owned and timeframes agreed.

A detailed report of the proceedings, including all inputs to the day, the individual ideas, consolidated views, voting results and final decisions is produced and ready to circulate within 48hrs. This documents the entire decision making process and makes communication of the outcomes easy.

The details will be tailored to the situation, but a typical agenda would look like this: