In order to save on consulting fees, many organizations rely on employees to facilitate important direction setting meetings. Think about the last time that you facilitated a meeting for your own organization. Where you as excited about putting forth that idea that you know was going to cause increased workloads for staff?
A strategic planning session should not be taken lightly. The investment in the planning, pre-work and selection of an independent, neutral facilitator will pay dividends for years and will help to set the course of the future of the organization.