“Fractional” Chief Strategy Officer for Small and Midsized Businesses

"Chief Strategy Officer-as-a-Service" at a fraction of the cost

 

“John’s help has been instrumental in the success of
ICMC Group. John has truly been my champion!” – Keith Singer

Insights Based on 25 Years of Experience

John provides contract chief strategy officer services for small and mid size companies. His services are designed for CEOs, executives, entrepreneurs, professionals and future leaders. Services are provided in person, via video conference and over the telephone. Email support is provided when needed.

Here are some of the types of businesses we focus on:

  • Starting up a business
  • Businesses who are growing
  • Businesses in a turn around situation
  • Businesses where innovation or technology is at the core of the change effort
  • Businesses in an industry that is highly volatile where the business must drive immediate change

Key Benefits

Strategic Vision and Tactical Implementation

Implementation is the process that turns strategies and plans into actions in order to accomplish strategic objectives and goals. Implementing your strategic plan is as important, or even more important, than your strategy. We work with small and mid-sized businesses who are growing, starting up or in a turn around situation.  We arm our clients with a weekly playbook to help them create winning strategies with measurable results & improvements you can see week after week. We are like your wing-man to help guide you with the best strategies:

Get Back On Track for Profits & Growth

Increase Your Business’ Visibility  & Opportunities

Create Real Cash Flow for Sustainability, Growth and Profitability

Shift Organizational Culture Through a Consistent Execution Process

Find The Right Technology Solutions That Can Make a Real Impact on Your Business

Understand the Risks and Rewards – Taking Only Tactical Risks That Provides Results

Now smaller organizations can get access to the next generation of business consulting that is more in tune with our modern business models and strategies. John is nationally known for helping small and mid-size business leaders embrace new ways of thinking, decision making, execution, and strategies for achieving their business goals.

This new way of thinking serves entrepreneurs who are in the processes of opportunity identification and new venture creation. It is a set of decision-making principles expert entrepreneurs are observed to employ in situations of uncertainty. Situations of uncertainty are situations in which the future is unpredictable, goals are not clearly known and there is no independent environment that serves as the ultimate selection mechanism. This is a logic of thinking, discovered through scientific research  over 14 years in a cognitive science based study of 27 founders of companies ranging in size from $200M to $6.5B, used by expert entrepreneurs to build successful ventures.

Small businesses do fail at strategy

It is well documented that small businesses do fail at strategy: according to the SBA approximately 600,000 small businesses are created every year and less than 1% make it to ten years and $10M in revenues.

Failure is often because of resource constraints (capital and talent), lack of a defined business model and processes, and a shortage of strategic alternatives, or simply put: inappropriate positioning.

The key to success is not to try to do everything yourself

Resist the urge to cover all the ground alone. Saving financial resources is important, but don’t let your task list undermine your big goals.

Transform your sense of what’s possible

Our “Fractional” Chief Strategy Officer programs open up

a world of possibilities for business growth & sustainability at a fraction of the cost.

What is a CSO

A Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), or Chief Strategist, is an executive responsible for assisting a Chief Executive Officer or business owner with developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining corporate strategic initiatives. CSOs consider themselves doers first, with the mandate, credentials, and desire to act as well as advise. Fundamentally, these are people who wield the authority, and have the complex range of skills, to make strategy happen. Most important, they understand how to focus the organization on executing today, not just on planning for tomorrow.  Unfortunately, not every small or mid-sized business can afford a full-time Chief Strategy Officer. But those same organizations would invariably benefit from the knowledge and strategic leadership that an experienced and accomplished Chief Strategy Officer could bring to bear.

It's difficult for CEOs to be on top of everything, even an area as important as strategy execution.

We provide the CEO with a fresh strategic perspective and then translate their vision into an insightful, measurable, actionable strategic plan while assisting with the execution process.
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How It Works

If you’re a business that’s short on executive talent, you’ve likely experienced a number of growth-limiting challenges. We provide part-time or short term contract executive services for a fraction of the cost of hiring a full-time Chief Strategy Officer (CSO).

Many of the best strategists in the world are sitting within the top tier consulting firms, or are perched at the top of some of the most successful Fortune 500 companies. Top CSO talent is hard to find and expensive with the national average salary for a Chief Strategy Officer at $189,837 in United States. So why recruit a Chief Strategy Officer (CSO), when you can rent one, fast.  No hiring delays, head hunters, interviews or relocations.

Our Chief Strategy Officer-as-a-Service is the most cost-effective solution that allows you to tap only the amount of a CSO you need. Your fractional Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) becomes a part-time addition to your executive staff, a wing-man to the business owner, or a contract advisor, bringing a market-based perspective to crystallize strategy and manage implementation.

Some of our clients describe their companies as “under siege.” Most characterized their industries as highly volatile where the CSOs must help drive immediate change. At other companies, innovation or technology is at the core of the change effort. This requires the very diverse backgrounds and experience of the CSO. In other situations, we find that businesses need CSOs at the center to help bring discipline to the decision and execution process by removing barriers to agreement and action.

We specialize in helping small & mid-size businesses. We know organizations in the small and mid-tier markets are the ones that lack the most in resources, personnel, and expertise to grow their businesses. We truly believe that small and medium business (SMB) is an important segment for the country as it accounts for around 42% of our GDP and is the largest employer in America. And that is why we have crafted our services to be more affordable than ever for small & mid-size businesses.

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Rolling Up Our Sleeves to Make a Positive Change

 

There is No “Secret Sauce” to create a successful business; but, we can help you with the most proven methods used by the top entrepreneurs.

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Our clients are more in control & confident leading the competition.

We believe the real story is on Main Street USA, those business owner’s who have put their life savings at risk and work hard everyday in “Pursuit of the American Dream”, creating jobs and delivering great products or services, which is why we are here to help.  We share that same passion with you!

One of the biggest problems that exists with business owners, is they spend all of their time working in the business and not working on it. If you want to run a successful business you have to know how to play to your strengths and sometimes that is hard to see working just in the business.

Another common problem we see with some entrepreneurs is that they simply lack a successful mindset.  So often, we see business owners who get caught in a continuous cycle of doing things totally without regards to results.  One of my favorite quote that speaks to this is:

“In the absence of clearly-defined goals, we become strangely loyal to performing daily trivia until ultimately we become enslaved by it.” ― Robert A. Heinlein

Ignite Your Business Today

“Be fearless in the pursuit
of what sets your soul on fire”

We can help you get there, on track for a successful venture that you will be proud of.

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What Other’s Say….

John Frazier is a brilliant advisor and advocate for small business. He is dedicated to this as his mission, and it is in his DNA. John is up to the minute with all things related to technology and social media. He has very deep business experience and he is so willing to share what he knows. He is a visionary, truly seeing things way before most people in our industry. He shares a lot, so if you don’t have a chance to work with John directly, follow him on Twitter.
He is also kind, generous and thoughtful, three great qualities in life.

Anne Chambers

Chief Executive Officer, Red 212 - Cincinnatti

“John Frazier is “America’s Chief Entrepreneur Champion.” John has been with me since the inception of ICMC Group and has provided me with unparalleled guidance and support. What we have been able to accomplish in 6 months may have taken me years to figure out on my own. John’s help has been instrumental in the success of ICMC Group. John has truly been my champion!”

Keith Singer

Founder of ICMC Group | Retired NYPD Commanding Officer | Criminal Justice Professor at Monroe College

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We’re seeing the role of the Chief Strategy Officer grow increasingly prevalent at thriving companies of all sizes. We are specifically looking for CSO talent located in other key cities like Denver, Chicago, Dallas, and New York to help service our clients. If you’d like to further discuss the role of the  fractional Stars, click here for more information.