Topic Templates

Make Every Conversation Complete

Valid confidence you are discussing the right items in the right sequence.

Pre-Defined Topic Templates
Custom Topic Templates
Private Topic Templates
Proprietary Topic Templates
No More SWOT

Pre-Defined Topic Templates

Access a library of over 110 pre-defined templates for common organizational topics.

SchellingPoint’s research identified the meta frames common to all collaborations of two or more people. These are provied in the Advanced Consulting Software and Skills. But how do you accomodate a group’s specific subject? How does it work if you are a healthcare provider redesigning your neuroscience practice, or a small business trying to make your first outsourcing contract work? 

Specifically, how do you know what agreements, goals, and plans are needed to come out of the discussions? What questions need to be asked at the beginning? What qualitative and quantitative research should you be doing before jumping into meetings? 

Do you know the answers for the subject at hand? Is there a consultant out there who knows?

SchellingPoint has mapped over 110 common collaborations occuring within, between, and across organizations each day. We have digitized them as rich Topic Templates. A Topic Template, for example, Designing the Acquisition of a Competitor, comprises the range of content necessary to provide the project with the correct and complete framing for such a situation. Subscribers to the SchellingPoint consulting software gain access to our Topic Templates Library or they can be purchased individually.

Use the link below to arrange an online meeting and see the library of topic templates that enable you to take on any subject with valid confidence you are talking about the right things, in the right sequence.

Custom Topic Templates

Launch your unique topic Right First Time.

A new business need can be triggered at any moment, requiring you to pull a group together to discuss and form a set of agreements, goals, and plans, then leave acting as ‘We.’ 

But where does the agenda come from? What is the difference between “I think that’s what we need to talk about.” and “That is what we need to talk about.”?

The difference is that your group might have a seemingly good conversation at the outset of the topic, to get the ball rolling, but the gaps will appear later as surprises, problems, course reversals, excuses, and imperferct outcomes.

If one of our over 110 pre-defined topic templates does not fit 100%, or cannot be easily adjusted (this is why they are called templates), our experienced staff can assemble a custom template to suit your unique topic within 24 hours. 

No client ever said “That’s not right.” and no group ever got into their discussions and said “We missed that at at the start!”

Use the link below to learn how to get your next collaborative subject launched with the right content.

Private Topic Templates

Digitalize your subject matter expertise and know-how.

Management consultants addressing the same topic for multiple clients now embed their intellectual property in private templates to bring their organization’s full domain expertise to bear on each new project. 

Organizations conducting the same collaborative activity repeatedly, such as IT projects, embed their wisdom, know-how, and knowledge in private templates to rapidly launch them with complete, accurate, framing and content.

Build your own digital topic library.

Proprietary Topic Templates

Use common business frames only to augment Topic Templates.

You may be familiar with common templates used for specific topics, for example: 

  • 3 Disciplines of Market Leadership
  • Balanced Scorecard
  • BCG Growth-Share Matrix
  • Business Model Canvas
  • McKinsey 7s
  • Porter’s 5 Forces
  • RAID Analysis
  • Strategy Canvas
  • SWOT
  • Value Chain Management Analysis
  • Others…

SchellingPoint provides these templates for those who require them, but you should only use such proprietary templates alongside a Pre-Defined, Custom, or Private topic-specific template.


No More SWOT

Simple but Over Used

SWOT was a wonderful invention, just what you might expect out of Stanford. But it is now being grossly overused. Simply put, SWOT is a valuable, but significantly incomplete frame for most organizational situations. Yes, it is easy to remember and quick to use, but you pay for that ease and initial speed later. 

Any discusson that will to lead to actions which change the state of an existing system requires a conversation frame that covers that system which may be impacted. SWOT does not provide that. 

Please see the three options above for correctly framing organizational discussions.

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