Welcome to StratechiaA NEW KIND OF STRATEGY SHOPStratechia is a small but elite team of management advisors hyper-focused on helping tech-centric companies remove obstacles to efficient scale and profitable growth. We use proprietary methods and special tools to serve clients seeking to create superior value and competitive advantage.Download the Stratechia FactsheetServicesIT'S NOT WHAT WE DO, BUT HOW WE DO ITAll of our services share a common element: Unique engagements custom-tailored to fit your culture and challenge.Our MethodWe use powerful proprietary frameworks designed into highly engaging visual canvases supported by our special guided facilitation. This allows us to leverage your knowledge and expertise while simultaneously drawing out your best thinking. Inevitably, our method produces winning strategies and solutions in a fraction of the time and cost of more traditional consulting. And, buy-in is built-in.We call it Framestorm.™ Core ServicesStrategy DevelopmentStrategy AlignmentCustomer ExperienceAgile InnovationLean OperationsEnabling ServicesSpecialized TrainingTeam EventsUser InsightsDownload Our Full Brochure5 Core ServicesStrategy DevelopmentStrategy is about making winning choices. We use the Playing to Win strategic framework to help you develop unique answers to the two key questions at the heart of any winning strategy: where to play and how to win. We then help you test your assumptions, increasing your odds of success.MORE ON STRATEGY DEVELOPMENTStrategy AlignmentGetting a winning strategy to permeate and drive the entire organization is no easy feat. Successful deployment rests on the ability to achieve cross-company alignment. We believe the best mechanism for doing that is Objectives & Key Results (OKRs), made popular by Kleiner Perkins chairman John Doerr, and adopted by the likes of Google and Amazon.MORE ON STRATEGY ALIGNMENTCustomer ExperienceIn today’s hypercompetitive world, business success is increasingly dependent on your ability to deliver a unique and compelling customer experience. Our proprietary Customer Experience System (CES) is a powerful turnkey approach to measuring, mapping, and managing your customers’ journey through all of their interactions with your company. We help you better understand your customers, choreograph unique experiences, and build enduring relationships.MORE ON CUSTOMER EXPERIENCEAgile InnovationProfitable growth requires a continuously flowing innovation pipeline, which in turn demands an ethos of lab-like curiosity supported by a simple, fast and frugal experimentation method. Our proprietary Strategic Innovation System (SIS) provides an agile innovation management framework designed to repeatedly and consistently guide creative concepts from inception to launch, regardless of whether the idea is internally or externally focused.MORE ON AGILE INNOVATIONLean OperationsAfter nearly a decade of working with Toyota, we have mastered the authentic operating principles behind the vaunted Toyota Production System. Our approach centers on making more room for what truly matters by eliminating what doesn’t. It’s a lean and subtractive approach to kaizen — continuously improving and simplifying even your most complicated workflows.MORE ON LEAN OPERATIONS3 Enabling ServicesSpecialized TrainingWe offer a variety of training courses to build competitive capability inside your organization. While our engagements often have training built in, you may wish to offer standalone skills training in our various frameworks:Playing to WinCustomer Journey MappingDesign ThinkingLean ThinkingMORE ON SPECIALIZED TRAININGTeam EventsBreak is the important part of breakthrough. When a well-worn pattern is broken, creativity emerges. It is the broken pattern that makes us sit up, take notice, and pay attention. We think differently, more freely, more resourcefully, when a break occurs.Enter Stratechia events. Whatever the format — summits, sprints, hackathons, offsites — we design purposeful breaks that produce the kind of creative breakthroughs that lead to growth.MORE ON TEAM EVENTSUser InsightsInspiration for elegant solutions doesn’t come from locked-room brainstorming sessions. It comes from simply getting out more.While we appreciate arms-length quantitative research, we know that unmet customer needs often lie beneath the surface. There is no substitute for deep customer empathy and understanding, so we employ the best discovery techniques to reveal those insights, guiding your teams through up-close field observation and engaging interviews with real people.MORE ON USER INSIGHTSStrategy is about making choices. To win, you must choose to do some things and not do others.ROGER MARTINcoauthor, Playing to WinAbout UsPASSIONATE, PURPOSEFUL, PRINCIPLEDWhen three true professionals with uniquely complementary talents and backgrounds decided in 2018 to join forces after over thirty years of pursuing separate but related paths, sparks flew. A new and different kind of hybrid strategy studio was born. One with over a century of combined experience in performance development.We knew we wanted to have a significant impact on an increasingly more technological business world. We wanted to work closely with senior leaders to balance and blend the right dose of strategy, innovation and operations to create a winning path forward. We chose a name indicative of our focus on strategy and technology:STRATECHIAWe chose three non-negotiable traits that we agreed would define and distinguish the character of our firm:Passionate — the nature of our work must inspire us to engage fully. Purposeful — every engagement must help drive profitable growth for our client. Principled — our work must be performed at the highest levels of professionalism.We constantly seek out new and stimulating challenges that fit these characteristics, in turn enabling us to achieve the kind of world-changing impact we aspire to.Matthew MayFOUNDING PARTNERBIOClose Matthew E. May is a recognized thought leader on business strategy, human-centered innovation, and lean operations. Influenced by the 8 years he spent as a full-time advisor to Toyota, he is the author of 5 books, including bestselling The Elegant Solution, The Laws of Subtraction, and Winning the Brain Game. His articles have appeared in publications such as The New York Times, HBR, and Fast Company. He holds an MBA from Wharton and a BA from Johns Hopkins University. Deirdre BorregoFOUNDING PARTNERBIOClose Deirdre Borrego has been leading data and information technology-related businesses for well over two decades. As an automotive industry specialist, she has held top executive positions for R.L. Polk, iMotors, and J.D. Power & Associates. Deirdre’s passion for mentoring leaders combined with her talent for developing long-term business relationships make her an invaluable asset to senior management. Deirdre received her BS from California Lutheran University. John HumphreyFOUNDING PARTNERBIOClose John Humphrey led the growth and expansion efforts for several divisions of globally recognized marketing information firm J. D. Power & Associates for nearly 30 years. As a senior partner, he held strategic, operational, and P&L responsibility for the company’s largest business units, including the Global Automotive, Consulting, China Operations, and Asia Pacific groups. John holds an MBA from Pepperdine University, and a BS from Arizona State University. The Stratechia WayCore PurposeWe exist to help our clients profitably grow to market leadership by catalyzing and coaching the internal creativity and capabilities that often lie dormant, hidden, or even locked away.Service FocusWe aim our blend of strategic and creative services toward our passion: technology-oriented businesses, including the automotive, advertising, biologic, digital, financial, medical, and mobile technology spaces.Unique DifferenceUnlike traditional strategy consulting firms that sell you back your own ideas derived and repackaged from a long, drawn-out interview process, we facilitate your best thinking real-time from the inside out in workshops using our proprietary Framestorm™ method, typically in one-tenth the time and at one-fourth the cost.Hybrid CapabilitiesGone are the halcyon days of in-depth analysis and three-year plans. The pace of change today renders traditional approaches to strategy and innovation irrelevant. Our nearly century of combined experience in traditional advisory spaces gives rise to a unique hybrid blend of strategic, creative, and information expertise.Our clients benefit from the best of several worlds.Guiding Principleselegance rulesAchieving maximum effect with minimum means.choices, not plansStrategy is about making choices, especially what not to do.frame firstDifficult challenges demand intelligent framing.test everythingEvery great idea is but a hypothesis when first conceived.Our ClientsJUST A FEW OF THE GREAT COMPANIES WE WORK WITHInsightsTHOUGHTS & CONCEPTS ON STRATEGY, GROWTH & SCALEBlogs December 20, 2019December 21, 2019Taking a Systems Approach to Customer Experience October 5, 2019The Key to Customer Insights September 27, 2019Improve or Innovate? (Hint: Wrong Question!) September 21, 2019Comfortable With Your Strategy? Time to Worry! September 18, 2019September 24, 2019What’s Your Strategic Sentence? September 15, 2019September 24, 2019Strategy Isn’t Reserved for the C-SuiteBooks The Elegant Solution2007 Shingo Prize Award Winner MORE INFO II FREE CHAPTER The Laws of Subtraction2013 Small Business Book Award MORE INFO II FREE CHAPTER Winning the Brain Game2016 Executive Summaries Top 30 MORE INFO II FREE CHAPTER ArticlesTOPICSCreativityInnovationStrategyAllSkunk WorksInnovation1 Simple Step to Double Your CreativityCreativity, InnovationA Sniff Test for StrategyStrategyDon’t Start Strategy With S.W.O.T.Strategy5 Powerful Business MadlibsInnovation, Journeys, StrategyImprove or Innovate? (Hint: Wrong Question)Innovation, StrategyWhy You Should Start a “Gremlin Group”InnovationWinning the Brain GameCreativity, InnovationPage 1 of 41 2 3 4»What appears to be the problem, isn't. What appears to be the solution, isn't. What appears to be impossible, isn't.MATTHEW E. MAYauthor, Winning the Brain GameContact Our 411LocationLos Angeles, CaliforniaMain Phone+1 877.475.7940Direct EMailMatthew MayDeirdre BorregoJohn HumphreyDrop Us a Line Please leave this field empty.