Stop wasting time on strategy that sits on a shelf


Strategy execution is the single biggest challenge facing modern organisations in the public and private sectors. This might be why two thirds of all change initiatives fail to deliver benefits – and those that do are late, or over budget.

We’re pretty good at coming up with ‘strategy’ in the public sector – but so much of our thinking winds up gathering dust on the shelf.


  • Need to stop talking and start making moves

  • Are having trouble getting change off the ground

  • Have started a strategy process but are stuck on the ‘how’

  • Want to build ownership and strategic leadership capability

  • Enjoy challenge, banter and a laugh!

  • Done some good thinking but need help taking the next step?

  • Lots of good ideas but need to pull them into a plan of action?

  • Finding it hard to get momentum with your change programme or initiative?

If it’s time for you to stop talking and start planning, Strategy to Action might be for you.

  • Multi-session workshop programme

  • ‘Train the trainer’ options

  • Includes coaching and custom deliverables

  • Delivered in-house


Actionable strategy takes an integrated approach to implementation planning, driving us forward from our current operational thinking.

With the Strategy to Action programme, strategic leaders design a clear, coherent plan of action to make thinking a reality.

Most change initiatives fail because of a disconnect between strategic direction and operational execution. rBridging this gap requires letting go and enabling your people to breathe life into strategy by making meaning

Alicia's unique wrap-around programme drives clarity, alignment and commitment, taking overwhelmed teams from strategy development to public impact.

Workshop sessions, accountability coaching and custom deliverables form part of this exciting new approach to public sector strategy.

Alicia is one of New Zealand’s most highly accredited public sector facilitators and has worked with public leaders and teams across the full community-facing spectrum – local government, central government, district health boards, universities and third sector organisations.

Author of From Strategy to Action: A Guide to Getting Shit Done in the Public Sector, Alicia has a unique insight into the demands and challenges of leading in the public sector.

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Participants report:

  • Unprecedented levels of commitment and buy-in

  • Increased trust and confidence between stakeholders

  • Significant progress toward key projects and objectives

  • Meaningful organisational and community impact

Strategy to Action draws on evidence-based, public-sector focused methodologies such as Investment Logic Mapping, Better Business Cases and Managing Benefits, as well as best-practice thinking around strategy execution and leadership.

Our time together will support our quest for the trifecta of good strategy – delivering clarity, enabling coherence and creating the conditions for commitment.

More importantly – we’re going to have FUN! One of the biggest mistakes we make with strategy and change is to have it feel like a chore. A new way of thinking and working shouldn’t feel like extra work – it should feel like an opportunity to do things differently and have more impact.

Our conversations and exercises will be light, challenging and full of laughter, as we come to a place that everyone can be proud of.

“Alicia’s style is excellent, high energy, clear and direct. She is a pleasure to work with and made the experience enjoyable. Her process is robust, defensible and logical. What pleased me the most was this process helped us determine a course of action that was not what we intuitively thought would be the outcome. It helped us clarify what would be most likely to succeed, and we ended up with a plan that was simple, easy to implement, and with less risk and outlay than anything we had thought of before.”

Graham Bodman, GM Community Places,

Auckland City Council





Collaborative, diverse decision environments are proven to increase the quality of decision-making by up to 87%.

You provide the diversity and Alicia will deliver the challenge!

Together, we work through a three-step process of ‘Tell, Ask, Support’ that will:

  • Make strategy ‘real’

  • Embrace momentum from your strategy development process

  • Enable genuine ownership

  • Provide meaningful support to managers – demonstrating an organisational commitment to making this a reality

  • Create a ‘new way’ not an extra workload.

This programme is suitable for leadership teams committed to creating meaningful change in their department or organisation.

Strategy to Action is particularly popular for service improvement design, as well as programme and project development.