Experience shows that planning sessions run by team members often become expanded staff meetings, rehashing old positions and leaning toward the strongest members' views.
An outside facilitator for Strategic Planning maintains a climate of openess and participation -- minimizing personality and departmental differences and encouraging opinions that differ from the leader's.
The Strategic Planning facilitator constantly works to keep discussions on track and realistic. Working together to develop plans, the team becomes committed to implementation when it returns to the office.
In addition, the facilitator's personal experience as a Strategic Planning Consultant in business operations and strategy and supplies a source of insights and new perspectives to your team.