Who We Are
is a boutique strategy and advisory firm with deep expertise and experience in the areas of strategy facilitation, innovation, advisory and research. We have worked with numerous global multinationals, listed firms, small, medium and large companies and governments around the world.
Our approach is to cut the jargon and assist clients to built relevant and implementable strategy and innovation solutions
Our strength lies in the blend we achieve of academic competence and industry experience. In this way we deliver outstanding, insightful, forward thinking input and guidance for our clients. We have a team of individuals with deep expertise which allows us to provide a bespoke solution for all our clients. Our niche service offering, and team of experts, allow us to provide a differentiated offering to all our clients.
The Strategists is made up of a multidisciplinary team of individuals with deep expertise in a number of sectors and numerous global client engagements. The Strategists is headed up by Abdullah Verachia.
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Some of Our Client Case Studies
Each one of our projects is bespoke and customized based on the needs of the client. These case studies are a reflection of some of the projects we have worked on.
Banking for the future
A leading global bank approached The Strategists to design and facilitate a strategy session for their board and exco. The bank has a favourable competitive position, but was facing headwinds from new competitors, and rapid changes in the banking industry
Our team designed a 2-day intervention which mapped out specific outcomes. The session allowed the bank to come out with a new strategy that is currently being implemented. Our CEO then spent 1 day a month over six months to assist in the implementation of the strategy.
Feedback from our client’s Group head of strategy: We constantly faced concerns around our future relevance and impact. The Strategists designed a structured and very well thought through strategy formulation process. With deep industry insights, impactful facilitation and the ability to navigate organisational complexity, The Strategists allowed us to walk out with a clear and well-defined strategy. The team has a clear sense of the immediate battle plan as well as the longer terms strategic priorities
Building an innovation function for a leading FMCG company
The Strategists were approached by a leading FMCG company to build an innovation function for the organisation.
Our team co-crafted a bespoke innovation journey that created a culture and context where innovation became an everyday function in the organisation. We assisted the organisation with a full suit of initiatives to achieve this, namely:
- An innovation strategy and roadmap;
- Innovation policy and governance ;
- Design and implementation of the CEO Innovation challenge to the entire organisation;
- On-boarding of an innovation management tool;
- Innovation hackathons;
- Innovation awards;
- Design of the Innovation Lab;
- Innovation project implementation support;
- Innovation masterclasses; and
- Innovation advisory and skills transfer.
Feedback from our client’s CEO: I cannot thank you enough for the last 18 months. You came in, when innovation was a word, and you left with innovation as a culture and part of our DNA. You have re-energised the organisation. We have already implemented projects from the first CE challenge, with fantastic ROI.
Keep up the incredible work and the passion for innovation as the oxygen to strategy
Scaling to new heights: Airport authority
Thank you for taking the time out of your very busy schedule to assist us in de-cluttering strategy. You have this innate ability to cut through the clutter and provide much needed focus and clarity. But you do this through skilful facilitation and not presentation. You certainly allowed us to drive the conversation around KPI alignment against a backdrop of our leading, top priorities. Thank you for the inspiration and the meticulous guidance through this journey. The role you continue to play with the team and I is highly appreciated. Thank you for stretching our thinking, our ability to think outside of the box and to reduce this to critical, and yet sometimes small innovations to get us the desired impact and result.
This can't be retail
Having done extensive work globally on the future of retail, we were approached with helping a company to proactively adapt to the changing context of the retail sector.
Using a process of strategic disruption, we shared our insights on the future of retail and customer engagement. This was followed by a session mapping out the companies competitive positioning, market segmentation as well as its potential for differentiation. We co-created an innovative strategy that has allowed the company to reposition itself in the market
Feedback from the CEO: WOW! At a time when we felt quite overwhelmed, The Strategists provided deep insight into our sector, the cognitive mindsets of our clients, the impact of technology as well as how to navigate all of this complexity. We came in confused but left with a sense of purpose, an exciting strategy that has really shifted the market and a unified team. I am truly grateful