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Denise is fantastic...a powerful message...It is a superb recipe for business success. I found this more useful than any seminar I have attended including those by Michael Hammer.
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“Denise is dynamic, captivating and powerful. She tailored the workshop toward our audience using real business examples from this industry. We recommend her services to any group looking for hands-on tranining in Strategic Planning.”
Cathy Foley, Vice President, Paper Group American Forest & Paper Association

“Speaker had a broad knowledge of many businesses/industries – made content/ examples pertinent to all of us.”
John Mentz, AVP Baker Environmental, Inc.

“Denise did an excellent job of not only presenting the information, but also using relevant ‘real-life’ examples. Outstanding work!”
Steven Hodges, General Manager, Mary Kay Travel, Inc.

“The seminar was fabulous! Everyone felt it was extremely informational and your delivery was both entertaining and fun.”
Sandy Fineman, Wilcox & Gibbs, Inc.

“Denise was great. Articulates clearly and has great energy and excitement.”
Pete Ryan, Seagate Technology, LLC


Denise Harrison - Professional Speaker

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Denise A. Harrison
Center for Simplified Strategic Planning, Inc.
117 Ann Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone: 910-763-5194
Fax: 910-763-6087

"Hands on management experience combined with streamlined process add up to a common sense approach to business planning. Her fast-paced, insightful presentations use humorous examples to illustrate success and failure. Laugh at examples of plans gone awry, but leave with ideas for enhancing your company's performance."

Denise has been a successful business catalyst for over 20 years. She understands tough situations and envisions solutions in a variety of environments. As President of a financial services firm, Denise significantly enhanced profitability and improved cycle time by 60%. The key to this success is strategic alignment throughout the organization. Denise speaks not only on the importance of this strategic thinking, but also provides hands on practical ideas for promoting alignment.

As President of a division of a Fortune 500 information services company, Denise successfully developed the corporation's international expansion plan and installed disciplined systems for tracking and responding to competitive market conditions and changes. Other responsibilities included: VP Operations, VP Marketing, Sr. VP and General Manager of two operating divisions.

Denise's background includes "old" and "new" economy experience combined with diverse functional experience, which enable her to communicate with executives peer to peer using thought provoking real life examples. Her presentations energize executives to think strategically, execute efficiently, and capitalize on the intellectual capital resident in their organization. In addition to speaking, Denise consults to a variety of organizations. This hands-on experience gives her fresh insight into current business issues Executives take away practical ideas for enhancing their organization's performance.

Her clients include manufacturing companies ranging from specialty chemicals to computer storage devices, and service companies ranging from banks to software developers.

Denise graduated from Wellesley College with a BA in Economics and has a MS in Business Policy from Columbia University.

“Denise Harrison is highly qualified and a FINE presenter!”
Robert Seligman, Chief Operating Officer, Laughlin & Associates


Center for Simplified Strategic Planning Programs Include:

  • Leadership Strategies for Turbulent Times
    Leadership Strategies for Turbulent Times
  • Innovation - Where to Look for It
  • Strategic Planning: Getting Real Results
  • Strategic Alignment: Energizing Your Company to Execute
  • Strategic Planning: Sometimes a Road Less Traveled is Best
  • Turning Plans into Action
  • Business Strategy for Turbulent Times
  • Strategic Focus: The Key to Success

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Articles

Sony: Results are in - Sony’s Strategy Results in Record Profit
Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Strategic Planning Efforts Lack a Systematic Approach
Innovation/Opportunities: Short-term vs. Long-term - How do You Decide?
Strategic Planning: A Time for Reflection
Fitbit Focuses on Corporate Clients to Generate Growth
What Went Wrong with Apple Maps? What Can We Learn from these Mistakes?
Are You Preventing Your Company from Growing? How You and Your Leadership Team Could Be Causing Bottlenecks
March to a Different Drummer - Part Four
March to a Different Drummer - Part 3
March to a Different Drummer - Part Two
March to a Different Drummer - Part One
CVS Envisions a Different Future
Strategic Planning: What Did You Learn? How One Company Went Off Course
Lessons Learned: Flint, Michigan
New Year’s Resolutions:  What resolutions have you chosen?
Strategy Bits-Part 4: Your market is shrinking; Can you find a new market for your product/service?
Strategy Bits-Part 3: Market Feedback-Key to Identifying Growth Opportunities
Strategy Bits - Part 2. Innovation: Where to look for it
Strategy Bits - Part 1: Customer Concentration and Market Segment Analysis
Lessons Learned in Aligning an Organization. Two Way Communication is Key - Part 3
Time to Set Goals for 2016 and Beyond: What Can We Learn from VW?
Lessons Learned in Aligning an Organization. Two Way Communication is Key - Part 2
Lessons Learned in Aligning an Organization. Two Way Communication is Key - Part 1
Overcoming Strategic Gaps--an Optics Design Case
From Near-Bankruptcy to Market Leadership: LEGO’s Success is All about Childs’ Play
The Importance of Scenarios when Dealing with Uncertainty
Acquisition Candidate Selection
Listening: An Important Skill for Successful Strategic Planning
You are #1 in your Core Markets - Now, How Do You Grow?
Strategic Planning: Are Your Decisions Based on Facts or Opinions?
WD-40 Finds Growth for 50 Year-old Product
Acquisitions: 8 Steps to Success
Game Playing Will Be Important to Sony’s Future Success
Sometimes a Road Less Traveled is Best
GE Spins off Major Appliance Division - What Can a Small Company Learn from this Divestiture?
Ten Reasons for Strategic Planning How to Make a CEO's Life Easier
What Changes Impact Your Bottom Line? Hint: There Is More To Pricing Than Meets the Eye
Turn Your Threats into Opportunities
Winning Companies Focus on Winning Customers
Playing to Win
Coming In Out of the Rain
When Is It Strategic to Say No to New Business? When can higher volume lead to lower long-term profitability?
Customer relationships: What does this concept have to do with strategy?
Know When to Hold 'em and When to Fold 'em - Knowing when to get out of a core business is key to being successful in the future.
Are you frustrated by the lack of results in your strategic planning efforts?
Strategy: Turning Trash into Treasure
Understand What Differentiates your Company in the Market
Execution: Can You See the Path?
Social Media and Strategic Planning
Close the Gap between Planning and Execution - Monitoring Checklist Keeps Execution on Track
Manufacturing Companies Gain Flexibility through 3-D Printing
Differentiate Your Company - Don't Poke the 800 lb. Gorilla in the Eye!
Lessons Learned: How Good Strategy Can Be Hurt by Poor Execution-Caterpillar Identifies an Attractive Market; but Outcome Hurts Bottom-Line
Lessons Learned: Sony Falls from Market Dominance - Loss of Focus Causes Poor Decision Making
Challenging Old Paradigms and Achieving Success
Strategic Alignment: Why Isn't Everyone on the Same Page?
How do you keep good employees? Hint: It may not be what you think.
Made the “Nifty Fifty” New Product List and Fought to Make a Dime - Lessons Learned in Protecting Intellectual Property and Partnerships
Are You Listening to Your Customers? How Small Changes Produce Market Share Gains
Dare to be Different - How Choosing a Road Less Traveled Allowed Cummins Engine to Outstrip Their Competition
Three Action Plan Mistakes Strategic Planning Teams Make and How to Avoid Them
Do You Really Know Your Strategic Competency? Reassessing Your Strategic Competency May Lead to Significant Growth
Xerox Positions Itself to Succeed in the 21st Century - What You Need to Do to Ensure Your Company Does Not Become Obsolete
Lessons Learned: Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami Teach Important Lessons
Innovation/Opportunities: Short-term vs. Long-term - How do You Decide?
Silk Purse out of a Sow’s Ear? How Wolverine World Wide Took Excess Inventory and Turned It into a Brand Name[1]
Strategy Bits
Honest Tea Teaches Coke A Lesson
Mistakes Happened - But Did You Learn From Them?
Lessons Learned: What Can We Learn From Yum Brands’ Success?
Position Your Business for Profitablility
Succession Planning - Important Items to Consider
Are You Really On Track? Mistakes Made in Execution
“What if” Oil and Water Do Not Mix - Lessons from BP
Everyone Knows Execution is Important - So Why Do We Fail to Execute?
Three Keys to Recovery Success:Re-focus Your Efforts to Outperform Your Competition
Success Sows the Seeds of Failure - Toyota’s Complacency Causes Reputation to Crash
Help! My Market Doesn't Need My Product Any More! How to Strategically Position Your Company for Success in the Face of Changing Market Preferences
Lessons Learned from Boeing’s Stumble:Risk assessment is Key to a Successful Strategy
Strategic Planning: When Good Goals Go Bad
Acquisitions: Developing a Successful Integration Process
How Can Smaller Companies Compete and Win?
How Does Strategic Planning Deal with Seismic Changes in an Industry?
Business Survey Results
Use the Recession to Trigger Rejuvenation: Develop a Strategy to Revitalize your Company
Strategic Planning: What is the Board's Role?
Acquisition Survey Results
Strategic Planning: When Can Goals Be Bad?
Acquisitions: 8 Steps to Success
Acquisition Candidate Selection
Ten Reasons for Strategic Planning How to Make a CEO's Life Easier
WD-40 Finds Growth for 50 year-old Product
When Is It Strategic to Say No to New Business?
Coming in Out of the Rain
Winning Companies Focus on Winning Customers
Turn Your Threats into Opportunities
Sometimes a Road Less Traveled is Best
You are #1 in your Core Markets - Now, How Do You Grow?
Turn Your Threats into Opportunities
If you can't Beat 'em Join 'em. Working with/in China
You Have Successfully Outsourced
Lessons Learned in Aligning an Organization: Two Way Communication is Key
Strategy Bits
Innovation -- Where to Look for It
Strategic Planning: Sometimes a Road Less Traveled is Best
Recession! Recovery? Risks and Uncertainty
Economic Commentary
March to a Different Drummer
Global Ties Buoy International Trade
Emerging Trends as the Economy Turns the Corner
Terrorist Attacks: The Aftermath
Innovation/Opportunities: Short-term vs. Long-term - How doYou Decide?
Don't Disrespect the Tulip
Hard Land, Soft Landing - What will the impact be on the rest of the world?
The New Economy: What is it? How will it impact my business?
US Slow-down; International Recovery
Opportunities Abroad, Challenges with the Economy
The New Economy: What Is It?
Can Low Inflation and Strong Growth Continue in the US?
Growth & Prosperity: Productivity & Demographic Factors
Turbulent Times: The Global Economy
Weathering Uneven Economic Growth
Storm Clouds Looming?

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Denise's Contact Information:

Center for Simplified Strategic Planning, inc.

To arrange a discussion with Denise about a possible speaking engagement, please click here to send her an email.

Denise A. Harrison
Center for Simplified Strategic Planning, Inc.
117 Ann Street
Wilmington, NC 28401
Phone: 910-763-5194
Fax: 910-763-6087

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Denise Harrison

Speaking Engagements

American Forest & Paper Association

American Society of Women Accountants

Seagate Technology, LLC

Association of Independent Mailing Equipment Dealers

Michigan State University

International Credit Association

Nondestructive Testing Management Association

Lotus Development Corporation

Wilmington Chamber of Commerce

Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic

Young President's Organization (YPO)